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Mehbooba Gets Away Easily, I was held Responsible for Everything: Omar Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday attacked the incumbent CM Mehbooba Mufti, holding her responsible for the persisting unrest in the state.

Pallavi Ghosh | CNN-News18_pallavighosh

Updated:April 12, 2017, 6:57 PM IST
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New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday attacked the incumbent CM Mehbooba Mufti, holding her responsible for the persisting unrest in the state.

Abdullah told CNN-News18: "Mehbooba gets away easily, while I was held responsible for everything wrong in the state when National Conference was in power," adding that neither he nor his father supports valley's stone pelters.

When asked about his stand on the sentencing of death to the former Indian Navi official Kulbhushan Jadhav, Omar came out in support of India, saying that the way Pakistan conducted Jadhav's trial raises serious doubts. However, the former CM opined that cutting off communication or ties with Pakistan was not the right option.

Even the surgical strike is not a panacea for all the problems between India and Pakistan, he said, "Has the situation improved in Kashmir after previous strikes?"

Clearing the air on his father's remark - who had said that stone pelters were giving their life for this nation - Omar said that his father was only apprising people of stone pelters' motive. "Youth who are pelting stones are not doing it for the jobs, but because they feel Jammu and Kashmir is not a part of India," he said.

The former chief minister asserted that election in Srinagar, where large-scale violence was reported, was not handled properly. "Seven percent voter turnout was a big blow to democracy."

Omar also hinted at a possible Mahagathbandhan, with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi as the leader of the Opposition.

"It is going to be a tough fight against PM Modi, but the opposition must wake up," he said, also clarifying that his tweets never meant he was going to join BJP. "If I had to join BJP, I could have done it in 2014."

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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