Maharashtra-Haryana Assembly Elections

'Modi wave' would be bit of exaggeration: Omar

Jammu, PTI | Updated : 04 November 2013, 04:53 PM

Acknowledging that 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 Modi in the elections--I cannot say there is Modi wave –there is effect of Modi," Omar told reporters in Jammu.

In response to a query about "Modi wave" going on in the country ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Omar said "I think Modi  wave would be a bit of an exaggeration".

"There is an effect of 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," the Chief Minister said.

Asked about his view on Congress backing Election Commission's suggestion to restrict publication and dissemination of opinion polls during elections, 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.

Referring to the Communal Violence Bill, he said "NC has not thought over it... Once we decide our opinion on it, then  it will go to Coordination Committee of coalition partners and if both parties think that this type of bill particularly for the State is important, then that can be brought."

On the formation of the next government in Jammu and Kashmir, Omar said "We will fight elections to win it".

"There is a fine line between being hopeful and arrogant," Omar said, adding, "I do not take anyone for granted. We will fight both Parliament and Assembly Polls to win it."

First Published: Monday, November 04, 2013 04:48 PM
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