Ours is not a "father-son" party: BJP to Omar Abdullah

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 14:54

Jammu: BJP on Tuesday hit out at Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah for his remarks on developments within the party saying that unlike others, theirs was not a "father-son" or "mother-son" party.

"Omar is unable to appreciate that... BJP is a party of healthy inner-party democracy because unlike some other parties, BJP is not a `father-son` or `mother-son` party," BJP national executive member and chief spokesperson in J&K, Dr Jitendra Singh, said here in reaction to Abdullah`s tweets.

The J&K CM had yesterday said that it should not matter to BJP that its patriarch LK Advani had quit since his opinion had been ignored by the party.

"If his opinion didn`t matter to you yesterday, why is his resignation a crisis for you today?" Omar had said in a tweet on microblogging site twitter.Com.

The remarks followed Advani`s announcement that he was stepping down from key party fora.

Meanwhile, Omar today expressed surprise over Advani`s projection in certain sections as a symbol of secularism in the NDA coalition.

"LK 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, said in another tweet.

Reacting to the fresh comments, Singh said that although the J&K CM had received his training in politics under former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, he still needed to learn a lot from the legacy of Vajpayee and Advani enshrined in the BJP.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 14:53

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