Mehbooba's failure as chowkidar forced youth to pick up arms: Omar

National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah Wednesday said that failure of the Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti to do ‘chowkidari’ (gatekeeping) forced the youth in Kashmir to pick up arms.

Dejected by the thin attendance of people in her election meetings in southern Kashmir, Mehbooba Monday told her workers in Bijbehara and Pahalgam that she did ‘chowkidari’ for them and saved them from the “wrath of security forces and Ikhwan in the mid and late nineties”.

She had also expressed dismay over what she termed dampened spirit of her workers and asked them to rise to the occasion and do vigorous campaigning to ensure her victory in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Omar, speaking to media persons after addressing an election rally in Shangus area, slammed Mehbooba.

“If she had done her job of chowkidar well, we would not have been witnessing this situation in J&K right now. Today you yourself admit that your worker is depressed, dispirited and helpless. The reason is that in the last four-and-a-half years you have failed to do chowkidari of this state just as Narendra Modi has in the country,” said Omar.

“If youth are picking up arms again, it is because of the failure of your chowkidari.  If the tourism is in tatters it is because of failure of your chowkidari and if today people are unhappy with you, it is because of failure of your chowkidari,” Omar said.

“Had she been a good chowkidar, Insha of Sedow, Shopian would not have been blinded with pellets.”

Omar said that people of southern Kashmir, from Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, and Anantnag, would give a befitting reply to Mehbooba in the upcoming parliament elections.

Omar had yesterday tweeted that that chowkidari was not the best word under the current circumstances, apparently referring to BJP’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign launched after Rahul Gandhi’s remark “chowkidar chor hai (gatekeeper is the thief)”.

Omar appealed to the people to make NC candidate Hasnain Masoodi successful to protect Articles 370 and 35A in the Parliament.