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Those praised are garbage now! Politics is a cruel world: Omar

Srinagar, Jan 7: Former Chief Minister and Vice President, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference, Omar Abdullah, Monday took a dig at PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on her “garbage” remark she used in reference to the resignations of PDP leaders earlier.

Mehbooba, while addressing the party workers on the death anniversary of her father and party founder Mufti Sayeed in Anantnag, invited youth to join the party and said “…all the garbage in the party has gone out with the wind.”

Reacting to it, Omar tweeted: “Last year at this very time, they were defending her in the assembly & council. With her they were “honest, decent, hardworking” people & after they leave they become “garbage”. The world of politics is indeed a cruel world.”

Mehbooba’s remark follows leaving of several PDP leaders from party.

Omar, earlier in the day, strongly pleaded for a single party government in J&K, keeping in view the challenges and magnitude of problems faced to the people, saying experiment of coalitions has not worked well in the state.“In fact, the coalition culture has failed in various parts of the country as well and in a state like Jammu and Kashmir, a stable and strong dispensation was of paramount importance to steer it out of the mess created during the past nearly four years,” Omar said at a function at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan in Jammu.

The function was held to greet Peoples’ Democratic Party General Secretary and former IAS officer Mehboob Iqbal and Dr Shahid Mougal, President Bhaderwah Municipal Council, along with their large number of associates into National Conference.

Omar Abdullah said the people, dejected by PDP-BJP’s “misrule” during over three years, are yearning for early elections to “send out a terse message to the Centre about its misadventure by thrusting an insensitive and anti-poor government upon the state.”

Referring to prominent political leaders joining National Conference, Omar decried the statement of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, describing her party’s quitting leaders as “garbage and said this speaks volumes about lowest depths of political discourse.”

He said large scale desertions in the PDP are reflective of the anger among people for the miseries caused to them during the past three and half years.

He also referred to Mehbooba’s observations about the BJP and its central leaders and said when in power she used to walk extra miles in praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming that he was offering all assistance to the state even without asking.

“Now Mehbooba is seeing everything bad in the BJP, in whose company her government inflicted scars and bruises to the public psyche, which are hard to be filled,” the former Chief Minister said and reiterated commitment of the National Conference in serving the people single-mindedly if given the mandate.