This is not end of my father’s political career: Omar on Farooq skipping LS polls

Srinagar, Apr 13: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Saturday said his father Farooq Abdullah’s not contesting the Lok Sabha polls does not signal an end to his electoral career.

“With my father, I have learnt over time that you never say never, ever. So until the very last breath, and may God give him many more of them, do not ever write him off for anything,” Omar said.

The National Conference vice president was responding to a question whether the senior Abdullah might stage a comeback when assembly elections are held in Jammu and Kashmir.

In response to a question about his sons – Zahir and Zameer — being groomed for active politics, the former J-K chief minister said they have done nothing that warrants such a conjecture.

“As far as my sons are concerned, what have they done? Have they made speeches, have they got mandates, have they done any active politics? As sons or grandsons, they help out wherever they are needed. We hosted a party (Iftar party), if they help as part of the family, being hosts, is there a problem with that?” he said.

“They are trained lawyers, if once in a while the party takes legal advice from them, where is the harm? But, have you seen them actively campaigning, seeking a mandate? I have not seen it,” Omar added.

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