Srinagar: As polling was underway in Sonawar assembly constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who is contesting from the seat, said his thoughts were with his parents who are undergoing an organ transplant in the UK.
"My thoughts are with my parents as they both prepare for surgery today. I wish I could be there with them but that wasn't to be," Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
The Chief Minister reminisced about his father's presence during the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year.
"Seven months ago when dad came out after voting for himself he quipped that he'd done a selfie. I guess?now I've done a selfie as well," he said in another tweet.
Farooq Abdullah was National Conference's candidate for the Lok Sabha polls but had to taste his first electoral? defeat at the hands of PDP candidate Tariq Hamid Karra.
For the first time in nearly four decades, the 77-year-old President of the ruling NC, who is in the UK for treatment of failing kidneys for the last four months, has been unable to lead his party's campaign in an Assembly election.
Taking to reporters after casting his vote, Omar said he was not worried about anti-incumbency as incumbency has its advantages too.
"There were number of good works which were completed in last six years. I am sure people will recognise them and reward with votes," he said.
On the reported praise lavished by PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election?rally in Jammu yesterday, the Chief Minister said it was surprising as the PDP leader had opposed the BJP leader? during the first four phases of elections.
"Suddenly, Sayeed goes to Jammu and discovers virtues? in the Gujarat model. People of Jammu and Kashmir are not?fools. They have seen his unique brand of politics and he will?be justly rewarded for that too," Omar said.