Apparently joining ‘club of sycophants’ in the National Conference J&K Finance Minister and one of the senior most party leader Abdul Rahim Rather sunday raised many eyebrows when he described Omar Abdullah ‘Sher-i-Kashmir Sani’ (Second Sher-i-Kashmir).
In just one stroke the most trusted lieutenant of Dr Farooq Abdullah bypassed the contributions and achievements of the party patron and jumped on to the bandwagon of Omar Abdullah loyalists.
For many insiders in the party the statement of Rather eulogizing Omar’s performance surprised many.
It is no political secret in the corridors of power that Rather was not enjoying healthy working relationship while working under Omar’s command.He was considered an old guard in the party and could not find place in the kitchen cabinet of Omar.
Omar always enjoyed the cozy company of his handpicked young leaders and kept these senior party leaders at safe distance and seldom involved them in the decision making process.
On Sunday addressing a public gathering after Chief Minister inaugurated Power Receiving Station at Kanir in Charar-i-Sharief Assembly Constituency of Budgam District, Abdul Rahim Rather said that Omar has inherited all high qualities of public service and vision from Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and he is emerging as second Sher-i-Kashmir on the political spectrum of the Country. He assured full support of the people of his Constituency and the State to Omar Abdullah in his efforts to bring peace and normalcy in the State and resolve political issues.
Rather also referred to the innovative initiations of Omar led government and dwelt in detail about Right to Information Act, Public Service Guarantee Act and empowerment of Panchayats. He said these measures have given powers to people to scan government functioning at all levels, get delivery of 69 public services in a fixed time frame, be participant in development and planning process at grass roots and help in good governance.