SRINAGAR – Chief Minister of Indian-held Jammu Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Sunday sought to know reasons from the people for the rejection of his National Conference party candidates including Dr Farooq Abdullah.
“firstname.lastname@example.org is my email. I’d like to hear from you as to the reasons for the enormous setback (the) NC has faced in these elections,” Omar wrote on microblogging twitter. While the National Conference lost all three Lok Sabha seats in the state to rival People’s Democratic Party (PDP), its pre-poll ally Congress was routed by BJP on the other three seats in Jammu and Ladakh regions.
Omar said he has started introspection process following the electoral defeat but wanted to hear from people outside his party on how to make amends. “I’ve started the process of introspection and am listening to voices within the party but I need to hear from people other than colleagues (too). I want to learn, I need to learn,” he wrote.
“I’d like to try and make amends. I’ll give it my best shot and I’d rather fail trying than not try at all,” he said. In earlier tweets, Omar said he acknowledged grievances of the people, which they had voiced through the ballot, and he will rise to their expectations. “We have served you for the last five years with dedication.”
Omar also expressed confidence that his party will bounce back to script a historic comeback. Accepting the verdict of the people, Omar said his party will learn lessons from this defeat and grow stronger. “We are humbled by your verdict. This is as good a place to start learning and embarking on a new journey. We will learn. We will grow!” he added.