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I'm not bullied off twitter: Omar Abdullah

Thursday, 1 September 2011 - 2:33pm IST | Place: Srinagar | Agency: PTI
Omar, whose outspoken views on 'twitter' have been much talked about, Thursday said he would continue to use the micro-blogging site.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, whose outspoken views on 'twitter' have been much talked about, Thursday said he would continue to use the micro-blogging site despite some hostile posts which included personal attacks against him.

"Just in case anyone is under the mistaken impression that I've been bullied off twitter - sorry but here I am and I'm not going anywhere," Omar said in a tweet.

The Chief Minister, who has come under severe criticism from Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders for "excessive" use of 'twitter', was earlier forced to abandon blogging on his National Conference party's official website due to abusive language and personal attacks against him by some people.

He significantly reduced posting comments on 'twitter' in July citing writers' block and then in August due to the overwhelming coverage of the fast against corruption by Gandhian Anna Hazare.

"Since nothing is happening in the world other than Anna and I refuse to tweet about Anna(.) ergo I can't tweet about anything," he wrote then.

However, Omar announced his return to the blogosphere last night by tweeting "Talk about being back with a bang".

He was apparently referring to his tweets about Afzal Guru and National Sports Development Bill.

Omar's blogging has often generated controversies including the latest row over his comments on Tamil Nadu Assembly passing a resolution seeking mercy for three death row convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case.

In his controversial tweet, Omar had questioned the "muted" response to the TN Assembly's resolution, asking if the reaction would have been the same if Jammu and Kashmir legislature had passed a similar resolution for Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The Chief Minister's remarks about the Sports Bill, which failed to get the nod of the Union Cabinet, also generated a controversy as his father and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah heads at least two sports bodies in the state.

The Bill sought to bring transparency in the functioning of sports bodies through measures that included setting an upper age limit of 70 years for sports administrators.

Omar's 73-year-old father had maintained that he could do things which many people younger than him could not do.

In a tweet that was removed within hours, the Chief Minister had suggested that Union Ministers heading sports bodies should have "excused" themselves from the cabinet meeting.


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