New Delhi, July 27: Omar Abdullah, former CM of J&K, on Friday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata to discuss the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the “fear that prevails in the minorities”. Speaking to the press soon after the meeting, Abdullah said that Mamata “didi” has always been concerned about the situation in Kashmir. It has been reported that the former Chief Minister of J&K may have pitched for an alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Hinting at a possible alliance with TMC ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Omar Abdullah said, “Minority in the country has been living under fear. There is no difference between Jammu & Kashmir National Conference and Mamata Banerjee-led All India Trinamool Congress. We have not decided what our alliances will be called. We will try to defeat the BJP.” He further said that all those “who are against the BJP can join us”.
The West Bengal CM had earlier vowed to remove the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections saying that the saffron party will get a “big blow” in the polls. She also asked her party workers to launch a fortnight-long campaign from August 1 to defeat the ‘communal BJP’. She had also accused the BJP of creating an atmosphere of “Talibani Hinduism and Talibani communalism” and called for “BJP Hatao, Desh Bachao” campaign.
Omar Abdullah had earlier denied the reports of NC and PDP alliance in the state saying that it didn’t have the mandate 2014. “I met Governor. I told him that National conference didn’t receive mandate to form govt in 2014 and we don’t have mandate in 2018 also. We haven’t been approached & we aren’t approaching anyone,” he had said. On being asked about the PDP-BJP alliance split in the state, he maintained that the PDP should have pulled out of the government, not the BJP.