Two days ago J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was eagerly awaiting an invitation to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi. He even wrote on twitter that he is yet to receive an invitation.
On Saturday Omar was upbeat. Reason he had not one but two invitations in his pocket. Speaking to media in Srinagar Omar said, “Yes, I have received two invitations from both President Pranab Mukherjee and letter from Narendra Modi. I will be attending the ceremony on Monday”.
Earlier, Omar had posted a tweet saying he had not yet received the invitation for Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.
Asked if he would be attending the function, Omar said “If Prime Minister of Pakistan can travel all the way from Islamabad, then CM of J-K should also participate in what could possibly be a beginning of an important phase for Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Omar said there will perhaps be no time for any substantive discussions between Modi and those attending the function in the Union capital on Monday.
“I have no illusions about the fact that any substantive discussions will take place with any of us attending the swearing in ceremony. There is enough time for the state government to start talking to the people (at Centre).
“Let the Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, Home Minister and others assume office and then we will start talking to them about the matters that really matter for people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.