Why this sudden change of heart: Omar

Former chief minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday questioned what he called sudden change of heart of disgruntled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members after the collapse of the government.
Why this sudden change of heart: Omar
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Former chief minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday questioned what he called sudden change of heart of disgruntled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members after the collapse of the government.

"These PDP MLAs should be asked why they have become upset with the party all of a sudden. And why are they expressing this anger after the fall of the government. Few months ago, during the budget session in Jammu, they were all in praise for Mehbooba Mufti and her government. I didn't get to hear about any complaints, then," Abdullah told reporters during his tour of Beerwah constituency.

He said it needed to be understood why these members have become upset after the fall of the government.

At least four PDP members, including Imran Raza Ansari, who was a former cabinet colleague of Mehbooba Mufti, have accused the party leadership of nepotism.

"Mehbooba Mufti not only failed the PDP as a party but also dashed the dreams of her father late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed that he had envisaged," Imran had said.

"It had become a family show which was run by brothers, uncles and other relatives. The Peoples Democratic Party has become Family Democratic Party."

 


Visits Beerwah, seeks redress of public grievances 

 

National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday sought the redress of public grievances of the people during tour of his constituency Beerwah. 

Addressing the party functionaries and workers, Omar said the basic power distribution, water-supply infrastructure was neglected by the previous government. He said basic governance was invisible during the tenure of the PDP-BJP government and that the people were made to run from pillar to post for their basic rights. 

 "Whatever development work has been achieved in Beerwah – including augmentation of the power distribution, health, education, water-supply and irrigation infrastructure was done through constituency development funds and augmentations that were equitably and diligently allocated and spent in the constituency. The previous Government chose to turn a blind eye towards unmitigated public grievances and chose to persecute the people of the state", the NC Vice President said. 

Omar said there was a severe deficiency of medical professionals, doctors and teachers at public health institutes and government schools in Beerwah. 

"A lot of doctors, paramedics, nurses and teachers officially posted in Beerwah are working elsewhere. I raised this issue with the Honourable Governor and sought adequate staffing of health units and schools in Beerwah.  I have always been at the disposal of my constituents and will continue to be at your service in future", the NC Vice President said. 

"Whatever I have delivered in Beerwah, I have done as your elected representative despite being in the opposition. Significant development projects were initiated in Beerwah due to these sustained efforts and my commitment to usher Beerwah into a corrective era of growth, development and prosperity", Omar said. 

The NC Vice President said Governor's rule was not an ideal situation but the current turmoil and chaos in the state was not conducive to holding elections. 

"We have sought the dissolution of the state Assembly so that no manipulative games are played with the aspirations and mandate of the people," Omar said.  "But the present situation is not conducive for the conduct of polls.  Our primary concern right now is the restoration of the situation in the state to normalcy and peace – as was inherited by the PDP-BJP Government in 2014." 

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