Boycotting assembly elections will benefit BJP: Omar

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Friday warned the people of Kashmir against boycotting the forthcoming assembly elections in the state, claiming it would benefit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He said that election boycott had benefited the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Tral segment of Anantnag constituency. “If the trend of parliamentary polls continues in the assembly elections, then there will be a BJP MLA from Tral,” Abdullah said addressing party workers here.

“Imagine, there will be a BJP MLA from the same Tral which was home to Burhan Wani and Zakir Musa, if there is a boycott,” he said.

Later, referring to the controversy over his remarks with some news channels accusing him of praising the slain militant commanders, the former Chief Minister said that he was only pointing out the strange contradiction of boycott and did not praise anyone.

“I did no such thing. I was talking about how people should not boycott elections. I mentioned that Tral, which gave birth to Burhan and Musa also gave BJP a lead in the LS elections because of a boycott. I was pointing out the strange contradiction of this. How is this praise?” Abdullah tweeted while responding to his criticism by a news channel. “I get that there is a design to create a certain narrative around me and my party which suits the ruling establishment and while I expect no better from the north korean channels. I would expect channels like yours to use your own minds rather than reproduce the line that is given (sic),” he said in another tweet.