Won’t stop tweeting because of criticism: Omar

Omar`s blogging has often generated controversies including the latest row over his comments on Tamil Nadu Assembly passing a resolution seeking mercy for three death row convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case.

Last Updated: Sep 01, 2011, 14:28 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah, whose outspoken views on `twitter` have been
much talked about, on Thursday said he would continue to use the
micro-blogging site despite some hostile posts which included
personal attacks against him.

"Just in case anyone is under the mistaken impression
that I`ve been bullied off twitter - sorry but here I am and
I`m not going anywhere," Omar said in a tweet.

The Chief Minister, who has come under severe criticism
from Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders for
"excessive" use of `twitter`, was earlier forced to abandon
blogging on his National Conference party`s official website
due to abusive language and personal attacks against him by
some people.

He had significantly reduced posting comments on
`twitter` in July citing writers` block and then in August due
to the overwhelming coverage of the fast against corruption by
Gandhian Anna Hazare.

"Since nothing is happening in the world other than Anna
and I refuse to tweet about Anna(.) ergo I can`t tweet about
anything," he wrote then.

However, Omar announced his return to the blogosphere
last night by tweeting "Talk about being back with a bang".

He was apparently referring to his tweets about Afzal
Guru and National Sports Development Bill.

Omar`s blogging has often generated controversies
including the latest row over his comments on Tamil Nadu
Assembly passing a resolution seeking mercy for three death
row convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case.

In his controversial tweet, Omar had questioned the
"muted" response to the TN Assembly`s resolution, asking if
the reaction would have been the same if Jammu and Kashmir
legislature had passed a similar resolution for Parliament
attack convict Afzal Guru.

The Chief Minister`s remarks about the Sports Bill, which
failed to get the nod of the Union Cabinet, also generated a
controversy as his father and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah
heads at least two sports bodies in the state.

The Bill sought to bring transparency in the functioning
of sports bodies through measures that included setting an
upper age limit of 70 years for sports administrators.

Omar`s 73-year-old father had maintained that he could do
things which many people younger than him could not do.

In a tweet that was removed within hours, the Chief
Minister had suggested that Union Ministers heading sports
bodies should have "excused" themselves from the cabinet
meeting.

PTI