Omar rubbishes 'Modi wave'

Rubbishing the so-called 'Modi wave' ahead of the Lok sabha elections, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said it is "just a false perception being created by BJP."

india Updated: Mar 21, 2014 12:42 IST
Navneet Dubey
Navneet Dubey
Hindustan Times

Rubbishing the so-called 'Modi wave' ahead of the Lok sabha elections, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said it is "just a false perception being created by BJP."

Addressing the workers of the both ruling coalition partners National Conference and Congress, who had gathered outside his residence soon after filing of nomination papers by Madan Lal Sharma from Jammu-Poonch Parliamentary seat, Omar said, "There is no such wave as being made out by BJP. They are just trying to make a superficial wave".

"If there was any wave in the country, it was after the death of Indira Gandhi when the people overwhelmingly supported the Congress party", he said.

Questioning the so-called wave, Omar said, "If they (BJP) say that there is a wave, then why their prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is contesting the elections from two seats. Why do you need to contest from two seats, if there is a wave in your favour? You (Modi) have stolen a seat of one of your senior colleagues. Rahul Gandhi is not contesting elections from two seats".

He further said, "In 2004 too, BJP was experiencing a wave of 'India shining'. The elections results exposed their superficial claims. The people taught them the lesson and for the past 10 years they have been out of the power.

Before 2009 elections, BJP again started a false campaign against UPA-I. But when results came out, many senior BJP leaders lost elections".

Suggesting that UPA has an edge over NDA, Omar said, "Now the winds are blowing in favour of UPA, and in Jammu and Kashmir, these are in favour of the NC-Congress alliance. God willing, we (coalition) will win all the six seats in the state and will make sure that Rahul Gandhi becomes the next Prime Minister of India", he added.

Taking a jibe at BJP's ticket troubles, Omar said, "BJP's house is not in order. There is huge infighting going on in the BJP over ticket distribution. When Modi was declared BJP's prime ministerial candidate, the party's tallest leader LK Advani skipped the meeting against his nomination. Why he (Advani) is not being given ticket from Bhopal as per his wish. BJP should have respected his seniority. Now the party is openly humiliating e Advani while he is sulking at his home. The BJP's campaign has now shifted to Advani's residence at Prithvi Raj road, New Delhi. Another senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh too has waged an open rebellion against the party after being denied ticket from Barmer, Rajasthan".

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has urged the Congress to announce the party candidate from Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat. "Please do not take more time for announcing the second candidate from Udhampur-Doda parliamentary seat. The name of the candidate should be announced without any further delay", he said.

Without naming Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Omar said, "You (Congress) field a heavy-weight (candidate) from that seat. You must have sensed that whose name I am referring to".

The candidate for Udhampur-Doda was being delayed by the Congress as Ghulam Nabi Azad is reluctant from contesting the elections. Though, the party and MLAs from this parliamentary constituency in fovour of Ghulam Nabi Azad contesting the election.

As per the alliance between the Congress and the NC, the former will contest from Jammu, Udhampur and Ladakh and leave the remaining three seats for the latter.

First Published: Mar 21, 2014 12:34 IST