Geelani’s PDP-bashing relieves Omar

Jammu, Nov 9: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today termed inclusion of Peoples Democratic Party and Peoples Conference by Syed Ali Shah GeelanI in his criticism against mainstream parties as ‘good’ ...

Jammu, Nov 9: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today termed inclusion of Peoples Democratic Party and Peoples Conference by Syed Ali Shah GeelanI in his criticism against mainstream parties as 'good' for National Conference.
"It is good sign that he is targeting other political parties also. Before this, I used to doubt that  there is a fixed match between Geelani Sahib and these people and by targeting NC only he is benefiting them (opposition parties)," Omar quipped when asked about his reaction on the recent statement of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman terming PDP and PC as offshoots of Congress.
Omar, who was speaking to media persons after inaugurating several developmental works at Kunjwani Jammu, said "Geelani Sahib has ended my worries."

Responding to other queries, Omar termed the Guwahati High Court ruling over the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a serious issue and said the Government of India should give a 'proper structure' and constitutional shape' to this 'very important investigating agency' whose very existence is being challenged.
"This is a very serious issue when questions are being raised on the very entity of CBI which is premier and very important investigating agency. I hope that the Government of India will soon get a stay on the HC ruling form Supreme Court," Omar told media persons.
About how far Rahul Gandhi's visit to J&K has helped resolving NC-Congress differences on various issues, he said that coalition partners have no difference neither in Center nor in the State.
He added that if there are any, these are amicably resolved from time to time. "We have worked together for the development of the State and will continue to make efforts in this direction," he said.

Earlier in his address to the people, the Chief Minister said that the disturbances during militancy in Jammu and Kashmir had brought development in all spheres to a halt and economy was in a shambles, however, people of the State helped to nip the evil in the bud and restoring normalcy.
The launch, construction and commissioning of hundreds of development projects during the tenure of present coalition, largely owe its existence to the peaceful situation and brotherhood prevailing in the State, he said.
"Despite attempts on peace and amity, the people of the State in general helped the government in nipping the evil in the bud and restoring normality," Omar said.
"Whenever there is a security and law and order challenge the government's attention is shifted from development to providing security to the people and controlling the situation. This gives a jolt to the process of development," Omar said.
The CM said that hundreds of schemes in various sectors during the last five years in the State speak "loud and clear" for the performance of his government.
"Some people for political reasons do not want to count the achievements of my government and attempt to divert the attention of people. They still indulge in raising old and worn out slogans like discrimination," Omar said.

On power development, Omar said that self-reliance in power generation is imperative for economic welfare and holistic development in a State like Jammu and Kashmir.
He said the State government has also laid edifice to generate 9000 MW within some 7-8 years so that JK becomes self-sufficient in power generation.
"This would not only help to provide 24×7 uncut power supply for domestic purpose but also for trade and industrial purposes."
He said this sector did not receive the focused attention in the past but now "we are ensuring to tape the potential."
"From the Chief Ministership of Late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah till the tenure of Ghulam Nabi Azad, the production of power in the State touched only 1200 to 1300 MW annually and my government has allotted power projects with a capacity of 1900 MW".
Omar said that he does not believe in propaganda because the work done on the ground itself speaks for its author. However, he said that his government's report card would be made available to every citizen to judge the performance of his government.
Minister for Medical Education, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Minister for Horticulture, Raman Bhalla, Minister for R&B, Abdul Majid Wani, Minister of State for Health, Shabir Ahmad Khan, Parliament Member, Madan Lal Sharma, Legislators Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta, Devender Singh Rana, Bimla Luthra and Rani Bloeria were accompanying the Chief Minister.
Minister for Horticulture, Raman Bhalla who also represents Gandhi Nagar Assembly Constituency and Minster for R&B, Abdul Majid Wani also spoke to the public gathering on the occasion.

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