People from Jammu being brought for Narendra Modi’s Srinagar rally, alleges Omar Abdullah

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Srinagar | Updated: December 08, 2014 7:38 PM

Taking a swipe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today accused it of bringing in supporters from other parts of the state.

Taking a swipe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today accused it of bringing in supporters from other parts of the state for Prime Mister Narendra Modi’s rally here.

“2 (two) trainloads of supporters are being brought in from Banihal in Jammu. Why not just have the rally there?” Omar wrote on Twitter, ahead of Modi’s maiden election rally in Srinagar.

“Not a single BJP flag or banner on the vehicles or with the people I saw walking into the stadium. Such a telling sign of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) support,” Omar said in another tweet.

Omar’s official residence is close to the venue of the rally.

The Chief Minister also hit out at Congress, which was coalition partner of his National Conference for the last six years, saying even some leaders supported by Congress have been asked to provide people for the rally.

“Amazingly even Cong(ress) supported ‘leaders’ have been asked to contribute people to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally. Politics makes for strange bedfellows,” he said.

Omar was apparently referring to Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir, who joined the cabinet in 2009 from Congress quota, though he had contested the 2008 elections as an independent candidate.

Congress has not fielded any candidate from Gulmarg Assembly seat, where Mir is seeking a third consecutive term.

The Chief Minister also claimed that separatist-turned mainstream politician Sajjad Gani Lone, who is contesting the assembly elections from Handwara in Kupwara district, had provided 80 vehicles for ferrying his supporters for the Prime Minister’s rally here.

“So @sajadlone is sending about 80 vehicles of supporters from Kupwara to help his “big brother” make up the numbers,” he added.

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