Omar Tears Into BJP, Dismisses Modi Wave

Omar Tears Into BJP, Dismisses Modi Wave

20 March 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Dinesh Manhotra

Jammu: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today took a jibe at the BJP over the infighting in the party over distribution of seats. He ridiculed the BJP for being confident about forming the next government at the Centre even though it is unable to keep its house in order. Referring to former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani sulking over the allotment of the Gandhinagar parliamentary seat, Omar sarcastically said: 'Instead of intensifying campaign for the party, BJP leaders are roaming around the Prithviraj Road (in Delhi, where Advani's residence is located) to placate the annoyed leader.' The Chief Minister, while addressing Congress and National Conference workers outside his official residence, minced no words in attacking the BJP. Without naming the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Omar asked, 'If there is a (Modi) wave, why are leaders contesting elections on two seats simultaneously?' It is due to the fear of losing elections that a leader contests on two different seats, Omar said. 'Neither Rahul Gandhi nor Sonia Gandhi are contesting from two Lok Sabha seats,' he added. Amidst slogans raised in favour of Sonia and Rahul, Omar confidently declared that the National Conference-Congress coalition would win all six Lok Sabha seats, which would go into the kitty of the UPA to realise the dream of making Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister. 'The country had witnessed a wave only in 1984 when the Congress had swept the General Election with a thumping majority,' he recalled. Stepping up attack on the BJP for allegedly humiliating veteran leaders, Omar said stalwarts like Advani and Jaswant Singh had been humiliated by the party while distributing ticket. Raking up the issue of infighting to corner the BJP, Omar said Advani and former Foreign Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh had been denied seats of their choice. He observed that by denying the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat to Advani, the BJP had embarrassed the veteran leader. While expressing his sympathy with Jaswant Singh for being 'humiliated' by the BJP, Omar seized the opportunity to rake up the 1999 Kandahar hijacking to expose the 'nationalist' approach of the BJP. 'Jaswant Singh had escorted Pakistani terrorists to Kandahar in exchange of hijacked passengers at the behest of the NDA leadership and today he has been denied the party ticket of his choice,' he said.