Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said the previous Congress-led UPA government should have conferred Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Omar also said it was a "lost chance" for the UPA, which was in power for 10 years from 2004.
The J&K Chief Minister took to his Twitter account to express his comments. Here's what he said:
I wish the UPA govt had risen above politics & conferred the Bharat Ratna on Vajpayee sahib, would have been a fitting gesture. #lostchance
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) December 21, 2014
Meanwhile, senior BJP leader LK Advani has backed awarding the Bharat Ratna to Vajpayee, and said he regarded it as "significant" that the Narendra Modi government has decided to observe Dec 25, Vajpayee's birthday, as 'Good Governance Day'.
Speculation is rife that the BJP stalwart may get the Bharat Ratna on his birthday which falls on December 25.
Ties between the NC its coalition partner Congress have remained estranged in the recent months.