This Article is From Jan 17, 2016

'Storms In Teacups,' Says Omar Abdullah On Reports Of Tie-Up With BJP

Omar Abdullah was reacting to reports quoting his father. (File photo)

Jammu: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has denied reports that his father and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah is looking for a tie-up with the BJP amid the suspense over government formation in the state.

On Saturday, Farooq Abdullah had told reporters in Jammu that if a proposal comes from the BJP, the "NC will call a Working Committee (meeting) and debate over it. If such a situation arises, NC can think over it as we have not closed the doors. Our doors are open".

Calling it a "reasonable response", Omar Abdullah tweeted, "He (Farooq Abdullah) hasn't sought an alliance nor assured any support, only consideration & discussion".

"That's why I don't give categorical answers to hypothetical questions or situations. Unnecessary storms in teacups follow," he added in a series of tweets.

Farooq Abdullah (File photo)

In the 87-member Assembly, BJP has 25 lawmakers while NC has 15. The PDP has 28 seats.

The former chief minster's comments came following the uncertainty over the PDP-BJP coalition which ran the government headed by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for 10 months before his sudden death on January 7.

Mufti's daughter, Mehbooba Mufti, who was expected to step into his shoes, postponed her oath-taking amid reports of her being upset with the BJP-led Central government over the disbursement of the economic package and flood relief for the state.

Mr Abdullah blamed arch-rival PDP for the political uncertainty. "Uncertainty has been created by PDP as BJP is ready to form the government and God knows what PDP is thinking, I hope they end this and the government would continue," he said.