Omar lying: Mehbooba

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday attacked the main Opposition party, National Conference and its working president Omar Abdullah for spreading “false” information among the people.

“Omar Abdullah himself was the chief minister of the state, he knows that neither a chief minister nor a prime minister of the country can dilute the special status of Jammu and Kashmir,” Mehbooba said.  “Since Omar is not a common man but has been a chief minister, I hope he does not repeat his mistake today in which he has referred to some papers about Sainik Colony,” Mehbooba said.

The chief minister was referring to a picture posted by Omar Abdullah on twitter in which some policemen were beating a youth, and the picture was purportedly of 2010 agitation. “Omar Abdullah had recently posted a picture on Twitter which showed police men beating someone, but that picture was of 2010 when he was the chief minister,” Mehbooba said.

Reiterating her father, late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s decision for allying with BJP, she said that her father took a difficult decision not for damaging the identity of the state but for safeguarding the identity of Jammu and Kashmir. On NEET controversy, Mehbooba said that Supreme Court has observed that there will be no interference as in the special status of the state.

Mehbooba Mufti urged both the local media and people to help in maintaining a peaceful and conducive atmosphere in the valley so that inflow of tourists continues. She said travel industry is one of the backbones of the state’s economy, which has been hugely affected due to uncertainty, more so the colossal floods of 2014.  “Any untoward incident leads to a situation which not only negatively impacts the inflow of tourists but also affects our day-to-day-life,” she added.

The Chief Minister later inaugurated the re-modelled Hall of the Labour & Employment Department as well as the newly-constructed Corridor Block in the first floor of the Secretariat. She also went around some of the offices and interacted with employees before resuming her routine duties.

Earlier in the day, Civil Secretariat and other Move offices opened here on Monday after the Annual Darbar Move from Jammu, the winter capital of the state. Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, upon her arrival at the Civil Secretariat, inspected the ceremonial parade and received Guard-of-Honour by a contingent of J&K Police. Ministers, Chief Secretary, DGP, Administrative Secretaries, senior officers, besides other employees welcomed the Chief Minister.

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