It is very easy for politicians to count sins of their political adversaries and all those who try to harm their political interests. But when it comes to counting their own blunders they always try their level best to do a cover up and prevent truth from coming out in the public domain.
J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is also suffering from the same syndrome. He is always seen counting sins of his political adversaries in a bid to shore up his own image in the eyes of the vulnerable voters. He rarely spends time in counting blunders committed by his own govt in office.
Recently when a media report quoting an inquiry report of the Indian army claimed that secret services funds were misused by the technical services division of the military intelligence to topple the Omar Abdullah govt.
The close aides of Omar Abdullah in Srinagar and Jammu addressed separate press conferences and demanded a judicial probe by the sitting Supreme Court Judge to unravel the truth.
Without losing any time the young turks of the National Conference started targeting the former Indian army chief and claimed that the expose on the former army chief General (Retd) V K Singh has given a new dimension to the unfortunate 2010 incidents in Srinagar that caused grievous scars on democratic institutions and alienated the people of Kashmir from the mainstream.
While doing so the National Conference leaders failed to recollect the fact that army had no role to play, what so ever, in controlling the law and order situation in Kashmir after sporadic protests erupted in the summer of 2010 and led to the killing of 117 youth at the hands of J&K police and paramilitary forces.
By allowing his aides to target the Army Chief, even before the Union govt had ordered an inquiry and its results were available, Omar Abdullah made a desperate effort to wash his own sins and shift the blame on the shoulders of the Indian Army Chief.
Politically, speaking by stooping so low Omar Abdullah lost another opportunity to become leader in the eyes of the masses in Kashmir. If he was so hurt by the allegations and efforts made by one of his cabinet colleagues to topple his govt at the behest of the MI unit Omar should have tendered his resignation after shunting the cabinet minister from the office.
Ironically, Omar Abdullah could not muster enough courage to act against him and himself adopted muted silence.
Interestingly, the President of the National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah is maintaining a stoic silence over the issue and has not uttered a single word.
Political pundits believed that by targeting the ex-Army Chief Omar may have been hoping to resurrect his political image ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state but while doing so he is igniting the flames of fire and may end up burning his own fingers. It remains to be seen whether Omar would be able to survive the political storm ?