Omar Denies Taking Bribe For Trust Vote In 200818 March 2011
Srinagar: The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday denied having been offered any bribe during the parliamentary trust vote in July 2008. Omar, then member of the Lok Sabha, had voted for the UPA government and delivered a highly emotional speech, which won him accolades from Congress leaders and people of Kashmir. With Wikileaks alleging that Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi worked on Omar during the trust vote, Omar clarified that he was not offered any bribe. “I don’t believe that somebody of this stature...of the Prime Minister or Sonia Gandhi would ever sanction any sort of system of buying votes but what happened I think needs to be gone into,” Omar tweeted. He recalled that it was not Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi who approached him for his party’s support during the trust vote in 2008 but it was he, who got in touch with Rahul. “I had conversations that I recall at least with the Prime Minister at that time. I don’t specifically recall a conversation with Rahul Gandhi where he solicited the support of the National Conference. In fact I, if I remember correctly, I got in touch with Rahul and asked him how the process was going and if there was any way in which we could help because I am a firm believer that India needed to secure this deal to improve its energy position...,” Omar said. According to the WikiLeaks cable, Captain Satish Sharma had said that Rahul Gandhi was personally working Omar Abdullah. The trust vote had come at a time when the Amarnath agitation was at its peak in Jammu. Omar tweeted that even in 1998-99 when his party National Conference had voted for the NDA government, there were no offers of money. But defiance of whip by one of his party MPs Saif-ud-Din Soz had brought down the NDA government.