Omarís Pro-Modi Tweet Could Hit NC-Congress Ties

Omarís Pro-Modi Tweet Could Hit NC-Congress Ties

17 January 2014
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah reacted with his usual alacrity on Twitter to criticize Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's remark on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi that he could sell tea at the AICC session. Within hours of Aiyar's comment, Omar tweeted, 'Modi has a lot of negatives but his humble origins are a positive some of us can't claim. We aren't helping our campaign by mocking him.' Omar's tweet is being cited by J&K Congress as underscoring the simmering differences between the two alliance partners. Some Congress leaders are seeing this in consonance with Omar's recent speech in Jammu in which he blamed the Congress for creating hurdles in setting up new administrative units in J&K. he had pledged to keep fighting till he fulfills his mission. AICC member Abdul Gani Vakil, a minister in the J&K government, said, 'Such irresponsible tweets are always expected from Omar Abdullah, who forgets he is CM with Congress's support.' Omar had said on January 11, 'Some people are creating hurdles for me in my effort to set up administrative units. I know how to use what resources when to fulfill my mission.' Within days, on January 14, NC additional general secretary Sheikh Mustafa Kamal ruled out pre-poll alliance with the Congress for the Lok Sabha elections. NC will contest all six LS seats in the state without an alliance with its coalition partner Congress, said Kamal, who happens to be Omar's uncle. 'Alliance with the Congress has proved to be a bad bargain for us. We have conveyed our grassroots level feedback to our party high command which has green signalled its intention to contest all the six LS seats,' Kamal added. 'We've nominated Farooq Abdullah, Sharifuddin Shariq and Mehboob Beg for re-election and soon you will hear the names of other three candidates as well,' he said.