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Rajya Sabha VC elections: Mehbooba-Omar fight it out on Twitter
8/8/2018 11:25:42 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Aug 8: Whereas the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decided to abstain from voting in the election for the post of Vice Chairman in Rajya Sabha, the issue has lead to a verbal fight between PDP President Mehbooba Mufti and her counterpart from National Conference Omar Abdullah.
The former Chief Ministers didn't mind to take their fight to public, atleast on Twitter.
Hours before PDP announced to abstain from voting, the National Conference was out to spread "fake news."
It all started with Omar Abdullah's political secretary Tanvir Sadiq tweeting "objectionable and double meaning" comment on social media. "Madam @mehboobamufti is in Delhi to convert her cup of poison in to a cup of holy water by selling her Rajya Sabha votes to the @BJP4India!," he tweeted.
In no time, his master Omar Abdullah was out with his own theory on the issue.
"@MehboobaMufti has told the Congress she will support the UPA candidate for #RajyaSabha Vice Chairman. She's also told the BJP she will support the NDA candidate. How does that work exactly?," Omar Abdullah posted on the microblogging website.
Mehbooba Mufti promptly responded with a retweet and accused the NC leader of spreading fakenews. "Usually fake news & falsehoods are peddled by dubious news channels. But its baffling when a politician like @OmarAbdullah fabricates stories based on pure fiction. Such dangerous propaganda is detrimental to the truth & an attempt to mislead people," Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.
Interestingly both the parties had to face public fury online as many termed the two sides as "draame baaz."
Political analysts said in a bid to favour its old ally BJP, the PDP has decided to abstain from voting in the election for the post of Vice Chairman in Rajya Sabha.
PDP chief spokesperson, Rafi Ahmad Mir said PDP has decided to abstain from voting for the election of the post of Rajya Sabha VC.
PDP's apparent support to BJP is seen as a part of the strategy to keep the options open on a future alliance because if PDP had voted against the right wing party it would benefit Congress and its allies through the two votes which the PDP has in the Rajya Sabha.
The NC says that by not voting, PDP was directly favouring the NDA in general and BJP in particular while blowing the trumpet of pro-Kashmir agenda in the Valley.
"There is a backchannel understanding between the two parties," said a NC leader.
Congress leaders sounded like NC saying that "principally PDP are BJP were two sides of the same coin."
The NDA is short of the required numbers in the upper house. While BJP is the single-largest party in the House, it falls short of the magical number - 112 - required to win the election by a simple majority.
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