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Omar loves working silently

india Updated: Sep 18, 2009 21:04 IST
Arun Joshi

Eight months in office and still there is a skepticism around about his vision . Why so? The youngest Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, 39, has a simple answer to this : “ I prefer working in silence”.

In an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times at his Gupkar residence Friday, Chief Minister who was meeting people from Bollywood star to party workers, Omar said that he wanted to give meaning to his words. “ Rhetorical politics is not my way of working.”

“ Look at the condition of the roads in Jammu and Srinagar cities, what a change that has made to commuters, “ he said and “ now we are going to improve the standard of roads in rural areas.”

Those looking at us, and passing caustic remarkls, should have a look that how we have started working for farmers, getting them rid of poor quality of pesticides and fertilizers.”

Omar Abdullah is facing flak in the discourse of the opposition and some sections of people that there was no impact of his government. There is a feeling that the government was gripped with inertia.

He doesn’t get provoked on this criticism. “I am not a bells and whistle politician.”

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who ruled the state ( 2002-2005), spoke of healing touch. “But I have the statistics to show that how many human rights violations took place during Mufti Sayeed’s rule despite the high-pitched talk of healing touch. Families of militants were denied passports. Was that healing touch,” he asked.

What is regrettable, he said, that there is an extension wing of the Government medical College, hospital in Jammu, which is not functioning. A degree college in Gurez in north Kashmir is being run by four teachers. Primary schools are better staffed than a degree college.”

“The government has plenty of money to go in for construction spree, but I want to consolidate – give teachers to schools, doctors and paramedics to hospitals."