Kejri win teaches Omar little lesson

Kejri win teaches Omar little lesson

'Don't underestimate underdogs'

With newcomer Aam Aadmi Party making a sensational debut in Delhi elections, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday suggested that it will be a mistake to underestimate underdog or newcomer in future elections.

“Notes to self for 2014, never underestimate the underdog/newcomer with a fresh face and message,” Omar shared his observations on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Wondering at some pollsters, who had given six seats to AAP in one of the surveys, he said: “Which was the post poll survey that gave AAP six seats? You need to sack your pollsters. They clearly stayed at home to fill questionnaires.”

As trends of the elections held in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi started trickling in, the Chief Minister in a series of tweets suggested that BJP Prime Ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi has galvanised the BJP cadre though there was no guarantee that big meetings will translate into votes.

“Note to self #2014 there is no ‘wave’ but the effect on their cadre is obvious. Can’t afford to underestimate this going ahead,” he said.

Suggesting that big public meetings always don’t mean votes, he tweeted: “Notes to self for #2014 big public meetings don’t always mean votes but poorly attended ones definitely indicate big trouble.”

Without mentioning UPA, he said last minute announcement of schemes also did not convert into votes, he said, “Notes to self for #2014 – voters will see through crude attempts to buy support with last minute populist schemes.”

Appreciating the work done by outgoing Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit in last 15 years, Omar said: “When the dust settles on this election I hope we still remember the amazing transformation of Delhi under Mrs Dixit’s 15yrs.”

On close fight between Congress and BJP in Chitasgarh, Omar tweeted: “What happens with a 45-45 result in Chattisgarh? 2 1/2 years each? But seriously what would happen?”
Parliament and state Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled in Jammu and Kashmir next year.

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