Jammu & Kashmir

BJP won’t have courage to hold polls in JK: Omar after saffron party’s defeat in Karnataka

Omar Abdullah with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Kashmir during latter's bharat jodo yatra.

Srinagar: As Congress wins assembly polls in Karnataka, National Conference vice-president and former chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah took a jibe at the BJP over holding of elections in the Union Territory.

In a Tweet, Omar said that BJP won’t have the courage to allow assembly elections to take place in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Now there is no way BJP will have the courage to allow Assembly elections to take place in J&K any time soon,” he tweeted.

The BJP lost its only bastion in the south today, with Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai conceding defeat shortly after the Congress leads moved past 130 seats.

As votes were being counted, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was spotted at a shrine in Shimla. At the Hanuman temple in Shimla’s Jakhu, Priyanka Gandhi was “praying for the peace and prosperity of the country and Karnataka,” according to Congress leaders.

The Congress office in Delhi saw fireworks and laddoos were distributed outside Delhi and Bengaluru officers to celebrate the early trends.

Sweets were also distributed outside the office of state Congress chief DK Shivakumar. Congress leader and former CM Siddaramaiah was seen giving a thumbs up as the party led in 114 constituencies, while the BJP was leading in 73 seats, as per the latest Election Commission (EC) trends of counting of votes.

Party workers danced and performs dance form Bhangra as dhol played outside Congress headquarters in Delhi.

Congress leaders were seen distributing and eating laddoos. A Congress leader was also seen dressed as lord Hanuman outside the party’s Delhi office.

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