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Omar criticises BJP for showing door to Jaswant Singh

Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, March 24, 2014
First Published: 19:12 IST(24/3/2014) | Last Updated: 19:13 IST(24/3/2014)

Estranged veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh has found support from a very unlikely quarter, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, who has criticised the party for showing 'door' to the 'gentleman' and made way for 'goons'.

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In a late night tweet, Omar lashed out at the BJP for denying ticket to Singh. Sounding an alarm Omar said, the nation needs to be "afraid of the trend".

"So gentlemen like Jaswant Singh will be shown the door and goons like Pramod Muthalik will receive the red carpet. Be afraid India, be very afraid," Abdullah wrote on micro blogging site Twitter.

Singh was denied a ticket from Barmer, following which he said, he would contest as an independent candidate. Meanwhile, in another controversial move, the BJP was to induct Muthalik, leader of the right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene linked to an attack on women in a pub in 2009. Some top BJP leaders, including Sushma Swaraj have reportedly opposed the move.

In a string of tweets on Sunday Omar also said Narendra Modi was "culling the senior leadership" of the party. He also came in support of the alliance partner, Congress, saying it wasn't Rahul Gandhi but Modi who could not work with the party's old guard. "For all the chatter that Rahul can not work with the old guard of the Congress, it's actually NaMo who has culled the senior leadership of the BJP," Omar added.

Defending both, the National Conference and the Congress, he said there was more democracy in "family run" parties.

"I dare say there is more democracy in so called family run parties like Jammu and Kashmir National Conference than there is in
"parties with a difference," Omar said.

"Earlier, there was the Advani Vajpayee duo, possibly even with Joshi the trio, but now it's just the NaMo monopoly," he added.

The NC is fighting the Lok Sabha polls in alliance with the Congress. While, the NC is contesting from three seats from the Valley, the Congress party is contesting from Jammu and Ladakh.

The party is also criticising the opposition Peoples Democratic Party of forming a 'secret alliance' in the state.

The rumours have been rife since the PDP has, on more than one occasions, praised Vajpayee led NDA for its positive 'stand on Kashmir issue'.

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