Respect people's verdict, form govt in Delhi: Omar Abdullah to AAP

Omar AbdullahOmar Abdullah says he does not underestimate AAP because it has performed well in Delhi. (AP)

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday asked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to respect the mandate of the people of Delhi and enter into a coalition with Congress to form the government.

"Had the people of Delhi wanted a single party to rule the state, they would have voted the party to power.

"The people of Delhi have asked for a coalition and if AAP and Congress come together to form a coalition, it is the wish of the people," Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

He said AAP has not announced its decision yet and after winning the polls, it seems the party has gone for another sort of an election by returning to the people to seek their opinion on government formation.

"If you (AAP) think you will form the government without any support, you have to wait for absolute majority for a very long time. It is better the party should come forward and fulfil the promises which it made to the electorate and which cannot be fulfilled by remaining in opposition," Omar said.

He said the people had given AAP an opportunity to form government.

"This is the time for coalitions. If you take Jammu and Kashmir or the Centre, coalition governments are there," the Chief Minister said, adding nobody forms the coalition by his own will and it is decided by the people who give their verdict.

After the passage of Lokpal Bill in Lok Sabha, he said, "It is now time to fulfil other promises they (AAP) made to the people of Delhi," he said.

Asked about the prospects of AAP in Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Minister said he does not underestimate the party because it has performed well in Delhi.

"There are no footprints of AAP here till date. When they have their footprints here, then ask me what effect would the party have. I don't underestimate them because they have performed very well in Delhi. Whether they will repeat the performance in Jammu and Kashmir, is perhaps impossible," he said.

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