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Updated: March 18, 2012 01:29 IST

I'm glad I missed the conclave: Omar

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Omar Abdullah. File Photo: Nissar Ahmad
The Hindu Omar Abdullah. File Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has defended his decision to skip the India Today Conclave, saying ensuring that there were no communal clashes in Rajouri town was more important than attending the meet in Delhi.

“My job was to ensure we avoided the possibility of serious communal clashes in Rajouri. The rest is unimportant,” Mr. Abdullah wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

The Chief Minister was responding to a barrage of tweets on his page as his followers and critics wanted to know the reason behind his decision to skip the conclave where controversial author Salman Rushdie spoke.

“Miss the conclave I'm afraid of an author. Come to Delhi and a communal clash breaks out in Jammu, I'm incompetent. Honestly I'm glad I missed,” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.

The Chief Minister said he believed that Rushdie was not aware of who he is and would not care whether he attended or not.

“Plus Salman Rushdie doesn't even know I exist. So do you really think he gives a toss whether I was there or not?” he said.

Mr. Abdullah said he was facing a situation where “the BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal and others [were] itching to inflame passions. So, I have no regrets about the decision to stay in Jammu.”

“And I don't need lectures on free speech from the people who chased out M.F. Husain for using a paint brush,” he added.

What a communal CM blaming minority. It is communal to blame minority for everything.

The pseudos are silent as usual.

from:  Anonanon
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 15:55 IST

It is good Mr.Omar, these are so called advocates who do not speak anything when a citizen of our country, MF HUSSAIN was driven out of India instead gives all support and patronage to useless authors and who are all non citizens such as a women from Bangladesh and indian origin, born elsewhere author whose full time job is to create contraveries to sell their books.

from:  Habibullah
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 21:36 IST

The message is clear. Omar believes more in talking to an empty audience
on Twitter than a real audience at a conclave.

from:  GK
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 16:42 IST
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