BJP Top Brass Rejected Omar’s Rotational CM Offer: Lone

SRINAGAR — Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday claimed that top leadership of the BJP had turned down National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah’s “offer” of rotational chief ministership of Jammu and Kashmir following the 2014 Assembly elections . Lone said he had received threats against revealing the details back then.
Addressing a mammoth gathering at Handwara, Sajad said that “Omar Abdullah, after the 2014 polls, met the top BJP leadership for more than two and half hours in a high rise building at Connaught Place and sought support from them to form the government. The deal that he had offered them was for a rotational chief minister wherein he would be the CM for 3 years and the BJP would have their Chief Minister from Jammu for 3 years. However, the deal was rejected by the top BJP leadership.”
There were murmurs about such a meeting in 2014 but all the speculation were put to rest by BJP general secretary Ram Madhav then who had tweeted on December 24, 2014 that no such meeting had taken place.

“News about BJP leaders meeting NC leadership in Delhi baseless,” Madhav had tweeted in 2014.

The separatist-turned-mainstream leader said while Abdullah was accusing him of being a proxy for the BJP in Kashmir, the former chief minister was in touch with BJP for government formation after 2014 assembly election results.

In an apparent attempt to woo the voters of the bordering town of North Kashmir, Lone claimed that the mobile coordinates of Abdullah and the BJP leaders will establish that there was a meeting.

“I received threats the entire night. I was told if you reveal this, we will get the BJP to issue a denial…,” he added.

He also went on to say that there would be a second part to his claims after April 11.
“Omar has been accusing every political opponent of being close to the BJP. May I ask Omar that if he is so ideologically opposed to the BJP, then why did he meet their top leadership for more than two and a half hours? Why did he beg for their support to become the Chief Minister? He was he so desperate for their support that he was even willing to accept a Jammu’s CM for three years. However, his offer was rejected by the BJP leadership after which he has been beating everyone with the BJP stick. Had the BJP accepted his offer, he would have wholeheartedly accepted the BJP and their demand for Chief Minister from Jammu.”
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