Omar slams PDP, BJP over AFSPA talk

Omar slams PDP, BJP over AFSPA talk

"We are being told by the PDP that the tie up with (the) BJP is necessary for the Rs 44,000 (crore) flood relief. Shouldn't a state just get its due?"he tweeted.

Srinagar, Jan 5: Questioning the Bharatiya Janata Party’s reported negotiation with the Peoples Democratic Party over revocation of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act from J&K, the National Conference working president Omar Abdullah Monday asserted “when the issue was raised by me with the Centre, I was rebuffed for entering into a compromise on national security.”

Omar, ever since his taking over as the J&K Chief Minister in January 2009, has been advocating revocation of the AFSPA from certain pockets of J&K, but wasn’t successful. To express his anger, Omar Monday tweeted on the issue with apparent reference to the BJP which, he said, had attacked him in the past for seeking revocation of the controversial Act.

“So when I raised AFSPA I was accused of playing politics with Nat Sec (national security). BJP negotiates Govt (government) formation with @jkpdp using AFSPA & that’s OK??” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter on Monday.

Omar’s comments came on the day BJP president Amit Shah held a crucial meeting in New Delhi with the party’s core group from J&K, to discuss the government formation in the State.

The outgoing Chief Minister also said the PDP was “using the issue of flood relief to justify its negotiation on government formation with the BJP.”

"We are being told by the PDP that the tie up with (the) BJP is necessary for the Rs 44,000 (crore) flood relief. Shouldn’t a state just get its due?"he tweeted.

Omar is in London for the past more than a week. His father and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah underwent a kidney transplant there on the day when Srinagar went to polls. He is scheduled to arrive in Jammu on January 6 evening and chair a crucial meeting of party legislators on January 7.