Omar refuses to call BJP ‘unstoppable’

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Oct 22, 2014 00:41 IST

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the results of Haryana and Maharashtra are unlikely to impact the poll outcome in the valley. Speaking to media on the sidelines of a function, Abdullah refused to call BJP “unstoppable”.

“Calling them unstoppable would be an exaggeration, they have done well but not as well as they had expected. If you compare BJP’s parliamentary results in Haryana and Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena-BJP results in Lok Sabha, they haven’t managed to translate the parliamentary results in both the states,” Abdullah said.

“In Haryana they just about managed to cross the half way mark, in Maharashtra they need to go back and eat a little humble pie. They were talking about making a government on their own and are now forced to look for partners,” he said.

Abdullah said that BJP will have an impact in the assembly election but not as “much as was expected earlier.”

Out of the six parliamentary seats, BJP had managed to get three in Jammu division, while PDP had swept all three in the valley. The NC–Congress loast heavily in the assembly polls and even the big names which included two former union ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad and Farooq Abdullah, lost their seats.

The loss was the first election defeat for Abdullah in his political career.

The coalition had fought the Lok Sabha elections on “anti-Modi” sentiment in the valley but got a drubbing.

NC has made its stand clear that holding elections in December will affect the relief and rehabilitation work. On Tuesday, Abdullah he asked the state police to be ready for their role in the coming elections as elections are likely to be held soon.

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