Omar hits out at Modi’s ‘lies’

Updated - November 16, 2021 06:44 pm IST

Published - March 26, 2014 07:40 pm IST - Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference president Omar Abdullah during the party meeting in Budgam on Wednesday.  Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference president Omar Abdullah during the party meeting in Budgam on Wednesday. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday hit out at his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi for his “lies” during public speeches and also dared him to speak about dynastic politics in States like Punjab and Maharashtra.

Responding to Mr. Modi through Twitter, Mr. Abdullah said, “The ease with which NaMo lied today about me flying over his rally in Jammu makes me wonder what else the man lies about in his speeches.”

Mr. Modi, who addressed a rally in Hira Nagar of Jammu, claimed that during his December 1, 2013 rally, the Chief Minister had flown above his gathering to ascertain the number of people.

Mr. Abdullah, who was campaigning in Budgam of central Kashmir, also told his followers on the micro-blogging site: “And for those of you gloating that I’m watching the rally on TV sorry to disappoint you. Only know what he said because I was asked for reply.”

Mr. Abdullah also took a dig at Mr. Modi’s statement about dynastic politics and his vow at Wednesday’s rally to free Jammu and Kashmir from dynastic rule, a statement seen as a reference to the Abdullahs’ rule in the State.

“I dare NaMo to make exactly the same speech against dynastic politics in Punjab or in Maharashtra. Come on, (put your) money where your mouth is,” he said.

Mr. Abdullah said, “NaMo certainly plays fast and loose with the truth. He quotes me and can’t even get that right. Modi Sb please quote me but do it right :-).”

Mr. Modi, in a rally in Jammu on Wednesday, quoted Mr. Abdullah as having said that Jammu and Kashmir had never witnessed a rally as huge as Mr. Modi’s on December 1, 2013.

“When I came here for a rally last time, State Chief Minister (Mr. Abdullah) used a helicopter to see how huge the rally was. And he (Omar) was honest to say that he was surprised that BJP has such a support base in Jammu and Kashmir,” Mr. Modi said in his speech at Hira Nagar on Wednesday.

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