Srinagar, Nov 24: The youngest Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah may not feel threatened by the outcome of the Jammu and Kashmir flood results, but has reasons to worry from his senior contenders who are way ahead in facing crisis situations.
In fact, looking back at the six years of his tenure would not be pleasant even for Omar Abdullah himself. While border infiltation and the clashes between the separatist and the anti-separatist groups in Kashmir is a daily affair, the state has become exemplary of mismanagement in the face of crisis and natural calamity. And nailing the coffin were his irresponsible and insensitive comments.
The Kishtwar clashes
A religious procession that turned berserk when a Muslim group heading for Eid diverted to a kuleed village and started stone pelting and burning properties. They attacked with petrol bombs and sticks. The violence rooted in an alleged rumour that a Muslim boy was beaten by some Hindu boys. Although there is an ongoing debate pertaining to the reality, the state government could have handled the situation more maturedly and with care.
There were a number of administrative failures, which included low police strength, wrong assessment, failure to inform the two companies of Sashastra Seema Bal deployed in the area as reinforcement, no CRPF deployment during the crisis. In fact, the CRPF was called only on the second day of violence.
Omar's reaction to the incident were equally disturbing.
"Oh that's right they can't because their star PM hopeful waited days to call out the army & has yet to apologise. Hypocrites."-Omar Abdullah
Farooq Abdullah was also quoted as saying,"When the riots occurred in Gujarat in 2002, the Army was not allowed inside. No one from outside was allowed to enter Ahmedabad. And Gujarat is not a property of Modi."
While the leaders found a way to excuse themselves from the repurcussions of the clash, which claimed three lives and injured 80 more people, this brought them under the scanner immediately.
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The Jammu and Kashmir floods
An eye-opener for a state's lack of pro-activeness in saving its people from the face of death, Jammu and Kashmir opened the eyes of many to the reality of the hollowed governance. While the people were wading through gallons of water, leaving their homes and property behind, the chief minister blames the telephone connectivity for his delayed action.
The locals said that they were caught in floods for days, but did not receive any support from the government. Sensing people's disappointment, the government officials, including Omar Abdullah went into hiding to avoid public anger.
That was not all, the Omar Government tried to pass the buck on the Modi government for a delayed response from the Army.
113 crore scam: Abdullah clan evading the law
The 113-crore scam involving former Union minister Dr Farooq Abdullah and Kashmir Cricket Association's is not uknown to anyone. Immediately as Farooq's name cropped up, investigations were slowed down by the chielf minister of J-K. The FIR was kept confidential.
Omar Abdullah also made an attempt to botch up the case and slowed down the process to grant permission for custodial interrogations of the accused.
Omar is still quite ahead of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections due to be held in five phases from November 25. Has he predicted his fate?