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Omar compares Congress-PDP tussle with cricket

Omar says Azad sahab and Qarra sahab are playing Twenty20 in cabinet meeting.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 21:14 IST

National Conference president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday added more grist with his cricket diplomacy to the already burning Congress-PDP coalition government mill in the state.

Talking to media persons at the Government Gandhi Memorial Science College at Jammu— on the sidelines of the final match of the Twenty20 cricket tournament organised by the KAWA Institute and Roshni Cricket Academy— Omar mixing politics with cricket said, "Here on this ground, cricketers are playing Twenty20. In cabinet meeting, Azad sahab and Qarra sahab are playing Twenty20. Here you have a winner and a loser. But there we've no results."

The NC president predicted huge disaster for both Congress and Peoples Democratic Party saying, "We will clean them up in the future assembly polls, both in Kashmir and Jammu," he added.

He brushed aside reports that NC would support the Congress if PDP withdraws its support from the government. "We've waited for four and a half years. Why would we take blame for the misdoings of the Congress and PDP by supporting the Congress," he said.

Omar also claimed that the coalition government would not complete its full term and predicted mid-term polls. "See what is going on in the cabinet," he said.

The former Foreign Affairs minister and Member of Parliament from the most politically conscious Srinagar-Budgam constituency, Omar also called upon the government for allowing the team of International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) to meet the detainees inside the high security Kot Bhalwal jail, where at least 36 persons were injured in the clashes between police and detainees.

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First Published: Dec 20, 2006 21:14 IST