As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surged ahead in Uttar Pradesh, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, Omar Abdullah, said the huge victory is a mandate for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his aggressive campaigning in India's most populous state.
The ruling Samajwadi Party and its ally the Congress were struggling to cross the 100 mark. Abdullah said there's no leader today "with a pan-India acceptability who can take on Modi and the BJP in 2019", when the general elections are scheduled to take place.
Here's what Abdullah tweeted.
Punjab, Goa & Manipur would certainly suggest that the BJP isn't unbeatable but strategy needs to shift from criticism to positive alternate— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 11, 2017
At this rate we might as well forget 2019 & start planning/hoping for 2024.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 11, 2017
In a nutshell there is no leader today with a pan India acceptability who can take on Modi & the BJP in 2019.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 11, 2017
How the hell did almost all the experts/analysts miss this wave in UP? It's a tsunami not a ripple in a small pond.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 11, 2017
I've said this before & I'll say it again the voter needs to be given an alternative agenda that is based on what we will do better.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 11, 2017
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