Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahTwitter can be seriously hilarious sometimes. Lately when speculations surrounding Omar Abdullah’s resignation had set left, right and centre on reactive mode, one of the followers (@KaushikRg) of chief minister on micro blogging site, tweeted: “Sources say @abdullah_omar may resign as CM and become a salesman for a coffee maker.” Omar too felt the humour, and retweeted: “Good one :-)).”

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But humour apart, a couple of days after hinting at a possible split from the UPA, Omar Abdullah on Thursday clarified that his party will not walk out from the alliance.

He instead blamed a few Congress leaders who reportedly want to go it alone in the elections. “These voices are coming from Congress state leaders. They want to go alone,” Omar said.

Earlier, Omar had set off speculations when on Tuesday he said his party was seriously reviewing his alliance with the Congress ahead of elections in the state later in 2014.

And soon reactions poured over speculations. Commenting over the “threat” given by the Omar that he will resign if congress fails to submit its report on the creation of new administrative units in the state, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday termed it “a hollow threat and a drama to impress people by the non-existent heroism”.

“If he [Omar] had moral courage, he had much better reasons to resign earlier,” said chief spokesman PDP Naeem Akhtar, adding that Omar could have resigned at the time of execution of Afzal Guru.

“In 2010 there were more than 120 people killed by his own forces on valley streets, at the time of Shopian and when the case of Haji Yusuf’s killing was surfaced, Omar didn’t resign,” said Akhtar. “Omar holds nothing to show as his achievements to the people and it is like sticking to a straw by a drowning man.”

There were stories running that Omar has been called to New Delhi by none other than his father, Farooq Abdullah after the later sorted out the issue of administrative units with Congress High Command, but Omar was enjoying Coffee making from a new machine at his Srinagar residence.

“Damn I’m a real #tubelight today. I only just got the #chaiwalla #coffeewala jokes. And now come the wise cracks -”only today???” :-)),” Omar tweeted.

Omar had earlier walked out of the cabinet sub-committee meeting on January 24 after its Congress members told him the report on their recommendations was still not ready.

-Bilal Handoo


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