On Wednesday When Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took to the stage in MAM stadium he asked the elected panches and sarpanches whether they have been empowered by the state govt headed by Omar Abdullah after holding the Panchayat elections.
In response the crowded audience said ‘NO’. And then Rahul told them that he is here to fight for them and together they will fight for their rights and take the fight to its logical conclusion by repeatedly mounting pressure on the state govt.
Ironically, in less than 24 hours the same Rahul Gandhi while enjoying the hospitality of his close friend in Kashmir valley forgot every thing and went on to claim “I am a supporter of Omar. I am a friend of Omar’s. Absolutely, we have a government here together.”
And if this is true then it means Rahul was talking about fighting against his own government and was blaming the same govt for not empowering the elected representatives at the grass root levels. The double speak of Rahul Gandhi has exposed the game plan of the alliance partners to hood wink the electorate in the state and taking undue advantage of their ignorance.
By claiming that he is Omar’s friend Rahul has made things difficult for even Omar Abdullah as the two young leaders would now be constantly facing the question why they are not forming a pre poll alliance in the state after running an alliance govt.
Whether this will become a reality and both the partners would be able to cement their ties in the run up to the Assembly polls only time will tell.
Meanwhile, on Thursday in Srinagar when the Congress leader was asked to respond to a question on whether he would campaign for Omar for next year’s polls Rahul said, Yes, I am Omar’s friend.
Responding to the same question, Omar said he saw no reason for his party to snap ties with UPA.
“We are committed partners of UPA and we have had a very good relationship with UPA. We see no reason why that should change. It is as simple as that,” Omar said.
At the same time Omar gave a cautious reply. He said a final decision on the issue will be taken by National Conference president Farooq Abdullah in consultation with coalition partners.
“It (alliance) is not for me to decide. I am not the president of National Conference nor I am the president of Congress party. This decision is left to the President of National Conference. But this obviously is not a decision that he will take on his own. It is a decision which we will take in consultation with the allies,” he said.