Omar concedes defeat, says BJP's win in Assembly polls will impact J&K elections

J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
Srinagar, Oct 21  Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said BJP's win in Haryana and Maharashtra would have some effect on the assembly elections in the state, but maintained that the influence would not be as much as previously expected.

"While obviously, the BJP will have some effect in Jammu and Kashmir, I don't think it will be as much as previously expected," Omar told reporters here.

The Chief Minister said though BJP did well in the elections in the two states, the results were not upto their expectations.

The Chief Minister said, "Yes, they (BJP) have done well, but not nearly as well as they had expected. If you compare BJP's Parliament results in Haryana and BJP-Shiv Sena results in Parliament (polls) till now, they haven't translated Parliament results into Assembly results in those states. "

In Haryana, they just about crossed the half-way mark. In Maharashtra, they need to go back and eat a bit of a humble -pie and look for an ally, where they were talking about making a government on their own," he said.

Omar, whose party the National Conference (NC) is in favour of delaying the elections in the state, said it was the decision for the Election Commission to take. "I do not have to take a decision on the elections. It has to be decided by the EC. They came here, had discussions at official level and talked to various political parties and perhaps they will announce their decision in the coming few days. "If they decide on conducting elections, then people have to be ready for that. I cannot say anything on it as the head of a government, but the party's stand on the issue has been made clear to the EC and to the people through the media," he said.


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