Never underestimate newcomer, tweets Omar Abdullah

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 08, 2013 08:37 hrs
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Jammu: From noting to "never underestimate the newcomer" to observing that voters "will see through crude attempts to buy support", Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah did some loud thinking as assembly election results from four states poured in Sunday.

As trends of the elections held in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi started trickling in, Omar Abdullah wrote on his twitter handle: "I'm glued to my TV waiting to watch the trends and results start coming in. Call it morbid curiosity."

"So, it's bell weathers versus breached firewalls," he said in another reaction to the trends.

Wondering at some pollsters, who had given six seats to AAP in one of the surveys, the chief minister said, "Which was the post poll survey that gave AAP 6 seats? You need to sack your pollsters, they clearly stayed at home to fill questionnaires."

"Notes to self for 2014 - voters will see through crude attempts to buy support with last minute populist schemes," he wrote.

"Big public meetings don't always mean votes but poorly attended ones definitely indicate big trouble."

"Notes to self for 2014 - never underestimate the underdog/newcomer with a fresh face and message," he posted.

Both the Lok Sabha and state legislative assembly elections are scheduled in Jammu and Kashmir next year.

The state is presently ruled by Omar's regional National Conference (NC) in alliance with the Congress party.

Whether or not the NC would seek a poll alliance with the Congress will be keenly watched.

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