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Gujarat elections: BJP government showing signs of nervousness, says Omar Abdullah

The National Conference chief said such last minute populism by the BJP government flew in the face of the 'Gujarat model'

By: PTI | Srinagar | Published: October 24, 2017 9:13:01 pm
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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday hit out at the Gujarat government for announcing sops just before elections and said the BJP was showing signs of nervousness.

The National Conference working president also accused the Election Commission for yielding to the ruling party by not announcing the dates for the Gujarat elections. “Is it just me or do these announcements (facilitated by a pliant EC) betray a nervousness that wasn’t there a few months ago?” Omar posted on Twitter, sharing a news report that stated the BJP-led Gujarat government announced a 50 per cent increase in wages for the accredited social health activists (Asha) in the state.

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The former Union minister said such populism betrayed the loopholes in the “Gujarat model”. “For a party in power for so many years & (and) one that was expecting 150+ (plus) seats this last minute populism flies in the face of the ‘Gujarat model’,” he tweeted.

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