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More democracy in family-run parties like NC than in BJP: Omar

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In an apparent attack on opposition PDP, Omar said that while it was creating a din over democratic institutions and methods, the party was itself engaged in disrespecting the same. In an apparent attack on the BJP, Omar said that there is more democracy in so-called 'family run' parties like JKNC than others.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday hit out at BJP saying there is more democracy in “family-run” parties like his National Conference than in “parties with a difference”.

“I dare say there is more democracy in so-called ‘family run’ parties like JKNC than in ‘parties with a difference’,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

Omar was apparently referring to discord within BJP over denial of ticket to veteran leader Jaswant Singh for Lok Sabha polls and some other controversies surrounding the opposition party at the Centre.

He said with likes of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani around, there was democracy in the party but now it is being run as “monopoly” of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

“Earlier there was Advani-Vajpayee duo, possibly even with (Murli Manohar) Joshi but now it’s just the NaMo (Narendra Modi) monopoly,” he said.

Omar also dismissed suggestions that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was not able to work with the old guard saying it is Modi who is culling the senior leadership of BJP.

“For all the chatter that RG (Rahul Gandhi) can’t work with the old guard of the Congress, it’s actually NaMo who has culled the senior leadership of the BJP,” he said.

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