Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday expressed surprise over the projection of L K Advani, who quit all BJP posts yesterday, as a symbol of secularism in NDA by some quarters.
"L K Advani as the NDA's mascot of secularism. Who would have imagined!!!!!!" Omar, whose National Conference was a constituent of the alliance from 1999-2003, wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.com.
Although Omar did not specify as to who he was referring to, the comment seems to be in response to JD-U's stand on reconsidering its ties with the NDA in the wake of elevation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as BJP's poll panel chief for next year's Lok Sabha elections.
Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav had termed Advani's resignation as a "serious issue" and "not good for NDA health." "I am deeply saddened by the resignation of Advaniji. Because the NDA was forged with the efforts of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Advaniji. He (Advani) is also the working president and Atalji is not keeping well," Yadav had said.
JDU national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari had said yesterday that "It is a matter of great concern that Advani, who had built BJP brick by brick is being treated shabbily by his own party leaders who ran roughshod over him and went ahead with their decision to anoint Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the BJP poll campaign panel chief."
Omar had yesterday said that the resignation of BJPpatriarch, whose opinion was ignored in the party, should notbe a crisis for it. "If his opinion didn't matter to you yesterday, why ishis resignation a crisis for you today?" he had asked.
Qamar Ali Akhoon is advisor to Chief Minister Omar
Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed Kargil MLA Qamar Ali Akhoon as advisor to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with the status of a Cabinet Minister.
The order for Akhoon's appointment was issued last evening, an official spokesman said. Akhoon was dropped from the Council of Ministers in January this year in the first reshuffle in the National Conference-Congress government.