Omar hits out at Mehbooba over Adityanath’s appointment

Jammu: Former chief minister and National Conference (NC) working President Omar Abdullah on Sunday criticized Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti by saying: “Your friends and allies have chosen a man who called for the dead bodies of Muslim women to be raped as CM.” In a series of tweets, Abdullah expressed disappointment and anguish over appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of the most populous state, Uttar Pradesh (UP). “Do you still want to try and fool the people of Kashmir, especially those who trusted you in 2014, that a new Vajpayee like era is starting,” he asked Ms Mehbooba. In an apparent referral to the Muslims of UP, the former Chief Minister said 18 per cent (or there about) of the population of India’s most populous state must be terrified of what the future has in store for them.

“They say a person is known by the company they keep & while you can’t choose your relatives you can choose your friends. Well chosen slow,” he said. Lashing out at the ruling party in the centre, he said can the spokespersons of the BJP now put to rest their often repeated assertion that the RSS is only a social organisation. Hitting out at the Chief Minister-designate of UP, he said ‘if Mahant Adityanath has his way, India will have zero Muslims, but what’s a little bit of ‘inconsequential’ hysterics between friends’.

Meanwhile, amid speculation that the Sangh pushed for Yogi Adityanath’s candidature as UP CM, the RSS today said it was a political decision and it had no say in the selection of chief ministers in BJP-ruled states. Replying to a specific question on choosing Adityanath, a swayamsevak, as Chief Minister, RSS Joint General Secretary Bhagaiah told reporters it was a political decision. When pointed out that BJP has elected Trivendra Singh Rawat, a RSS pracharak, as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also an RSS man.