National Conference Will Have No Relations With NDA, BJP Or Modi: Omar Abdullah

National Conference Will Have No Relations With NDA, BJP Or Modi: Omar Abdullah

5 November 2013
Deccan Chronicle


Jammu: Pledging allegiance to his ally UPA, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the National Conference(NC) will not have 'any relationship' with the BJP, its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi or NDA. 'Jammu and Kashmir (National) Conference will neither have any relationship with Narendra Modi, BJP nor NDA - take it written from me,' Omar told a gathering of NC workers at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here on Tuesday. 'We will sit out of power for years, but will not deceive (UPA). We are not the people who deceive allies,' he said. In response to media reports about reactions from BJP that he was coming closer to the NDA, Omar said, 'We have with honesty held the hand of UPA.' 'Former Chief Minister and his grandfather, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah always said do not deceive anybody even if you are deceived. We will accept deceit, but will never deceive anybody,' he said. Omar further claimed that the Opposition was waiting for NC to leave UPA. 'Let them sit and wait,' he said. 'That day will never come. We will never deceive people of J-K and our political ideology.' Explaining his party's earlier alliance with NDA, the Chief Minister said, 'We had extended our hand to Atal Bihari Vajpayee. If Atal would have been NDA president even today, it (alliance) may have been possible.' 'Atal-like people are not born every day. We had extended our hand of alliance to him. Don't remain in the misconception that we are keeping our doors open for others. We were part of NDA when we fought elections here, in Jammu, against them, and won,' he said. Earlier in Srinagar, National Conference leader Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, who is the younger brother of party president Farooq Abdullah, also ruled out his party joining the NDA if it came to power at the Centre. He, however, maintained that any decision on future alliances would be taken by the party high command. 'In principle, we cannot support the BJP as Modi is responsible for 2002 Gujarat carnage,' Kamal told reporters. 'The party has left the decision of future alliances to Farooq Abdullah.' The Chief Minister further said, 'During the opening of Secretariat, I was asked if there is a wave created by Modi. I said I cannot see any wave. A wave happened in 1984 when Rajiv Gandhi won by a huge majority in Parliament elections.' He said, 'In 1996, Farooq Abdullah, along with his colleagues fought elections and got two-third majority, which the people of Jammu, Kashmir and the region gave. That thing is called a wave.' Omar said there will be 'an effect' of Modi in the coming elections, which will be seen on the cadres of BJP, but there will be no wave. Omar said his comments about the 'Modi effect' was misinterpreted as coming close to the BJP. 'We do not change horses in the middle of the race,' Omar said, adding, 'We do not board boats which bring death and destruction. We do not board such boats in which there are people, who have tormented people,' he added.