As CM with 20 portfolios, Omar adrift, govt in limbo
Violent protests such as the one witnessed today are becoming more and more frequent, adding to the problems of Omar Abdullah who, when he took over as Chief Minister earlier this year, raised hopes of giving J&K a “politically serious and administratively accountable” government. Six months and two major incidents in Shopian and Baramulla later, questions are now being raised about his government’s efficiency.
The Chief Minister and his deputy declined to comment for this report.
Consider the following:
• The 38-year-old Abdullah had promised a Cabinet that would mark a generational shift. But today, there is no young face in the nine-member Cabinet — he remains the youngest, grappling with as many as 20 portfolios, from Home to Planning, Agriculture to Information Technology, Animal Husbandry to Hajj and Auqaf. Cabinet expansion has been repeatedly put on hold.
• The National Conference decision to field Abdullah’s uncle Mustafa Kamal in the Hazratbal Assembly by-election did not go down well in sections of the party. For, Kamal was defeated in the Tangmarg constituency and his victory in the May by-election strengthened criticism that the Abdullahs put their family first given