Noting the “effect” of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the upcoming elections is inevitable, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the term “Modi wave” is a bit of an exaggeration.

“It would be wrong on our part to deny any influence of Mr. Modi in the elections — I cannot say there is Modi wave — there is effect of Mr. Modi,” Mr. Omar told reporters in Jammu.

“There is an effect of Mr. Modi — that effect may not be on the average voter but it is visible on cadres of BJP. What impact it will have on elections let us wait and watch,” he said.

Asked about his view on Congress backing Election Commission’s suggestion to restrict publication and dissemination of opinion polls during elections, Mr. Omar said “I have no opinion on what my allies feel — it is for them to form their own opinions.”

“The day opinion polls are conducted in J&K, I will form an opinion. Till then we are regional party, for us to form an opinion on polls in the rest of the country is not necessary for us,” the Chief Minister added.

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