On whether there was a possibility of any future alliance with the NDA, Omar said "Absolutely not. I know in politics some well-wisher often advise us to never close our option and in politics the worst thing to do is to make any categoric statement like this but this is a situation where I wish to make a categoric statement like this."

Omar, who participated in a conversation on "Google hangout", talked on various issues including the upcoming general election, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Hurriyat Conference's role in Kashmir, Afzal Guru and Congress' prospects.

The Chief Minister said he had submitted his resignation after 2002 Gujarat riots which was not accepted by the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

"I sent my resignation to Vajpyee. I refused to vote along the government at that time. There was a resolution in Parliament that required the NDA to vote together, I refused to and I abstained from that,” Omar said.

"My resignation was not accepted and I did not press, may be foolishly. I didn't believe that Mr Vajpyee was responsible for riots, I believe Narendra Modi was. By pressing for my resignation, I would have made Mr Vajpayee responsible for these riots, which I don't believe he was," he added.

However, Omar, who was Minister of State for External Affairs in Vajpayee’s government, feels that Vajpayee could have held Modi more accountable.

(JPN/Agencies)

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