The five year long journey started since January 2009 has been a roller coaster ride for him and his followers in the virtual world as well.
Wearing ‘crown of thorns’ he faced many ups and downs in his ‘tumultuous’ political career and learnt many a trade secrets on how to survive a political storm remaining in the company of ‘faithful’ advisors.
To get the best advice he, however, shuffled them at regular intervals and in return appeased almost all the deprived legislators with perks of power.
To handle the affairs of the state, which many a times went totally out of control, he was seen shuttling between New Delhi and Kashmir valley to keep the political masters in good humour in Delhi durbar.
On certain occasions he showed them teeth too and made desperate efforts to push his favorite agenda of revoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the peaceful districts of the state, renegotiating terms and references of hydel power projects, empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions without implementing the provisions of the 73 rd and 74th amendment of the Indian constitution.
On all the occasions he could not emerge victorious.
These issues and many more administrative matters are still hanging in balance as Omar is approaching the fag end of his six year term in office.
In his own back yard Omar kept losing support of all those enthusiasts who had staked everything on his head but he only gave them heart burns than enough reasons to pat his back.
Omar’s constant flip flop on addressing the issue of unemployment in the state and his handling of the affairs of the state made him the easy target of the opposition parties as they went to the streets demanding his head every time he faltered and made an error of judgement.
The rape and murder case of two young women in Shopian, summer unrest of 2010 where over 100 youth lost their lives protesting on the streets and receiving bullet and tear smoke gas injuries tested the political acumen and administrative prowess of youngest Abdullah in power.
The most difficult and tough phase arrived with the hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohd Afzal Guru.
The Valley was sealed and life came to a stand still under the shadow of concertina wire in every nook and corner to prevent any mass uprising against the decision.
In keeping with the sullen mood of the valley and section of hardliners Omar too displayed separatist tendencies and chose to spoke their language but when he came close to crossing the limit he was forced to put brakes on his irresponsible utterances.
The combined opposition in both Kashmir and Jammu division exposed poor performance of his govt and labeled him twitter savy Chief Minister than people centric. Facing heat of allegations of mysterious death of a NC worker Haji Mohd Yousah Shah in the police hospital Omar tried defensive posturing and attempted to hide himself under the umbrella of clean chit handed to him by Justice (Retd) Bedi Commission but failed to salvage his clean image. He faced yet another challenging situation when spontaneous violence broke out in Ramban and Kishtwar.
Communally surcharged atmosphere triggered flames of hatred and timely intervention by the central security forces and army columns helped the state administration restore order.
Despite enjoying proximity of powerful cabinet ministers in the Union Govt Omar seems to have faltered midway the way his father Dr Farooq Abdullah had lost the plot after becoming Chief Minister in 1996. In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls and ahead of the Assembly polls in the state Omar is gearing up its party machinery to face the litmus test. Now it remains to be seen how Omar Abdullah would fare and whether he would be able to win over the support of the masses in Kashmir and bring back the National Conference in power or would be willing to accept the role of second fiddle to stay afloat in the corridors of power.
WHAT BJP SAYS
“The report card of Omar Abdullah led government depicts a dismal performance. The National Conference-Congress coalition government has nothing under their belt. This government has let down people and now they are targeting BJP to hide their weaknesses.
As elections are approaching, National Conference has started changing its tones. It can’t mislead the people of Jammu who are well aware about the dismal performance of the present government.
BJP believes in performance rather than rhetoric, “What matters is performance. Voters don’t get carry away by hollow sloganeering.”the BJP leaders claimed.
WHAT PDP SAYS
According to PDP the educated youth are the worst victims of the wrong policies being propagated by the youth Chief Minister.
PDP Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that all promises made by the National Conference during the last Assembly elections remained only on papers. “Instead of fulfilling the commitment which the NC had made with the people during assembly elections, this government has been deceiving the people by making false statements”, he said and dubbed the much touted employment and welfare policy as “cruel joke” with the educated unemployed youth of the State to befool the youth.
Mufti said that the youth of the State deserved better than the faulty employment and welfare policy of the Government but during the last five years nothing concrete has been done.
He said that employment policy of the state government has failed to yield any result. Assailing the government for betraying unemployed educated youth, Mufti regretted that during the last five years government has brazenly auctioned government jobs to deprive meritorious and deserving candidates and to adjust only undeserving candidates in lieu of money.
“Only noticeable achievement of Omar Abdullah government is auctioning government jobs in open market”, he said and pointed out that from MLCs to Class –IV employees everything is on sale under National Conference led coalition regime.
WHAT PANTHERS PARTY SAYS
Calling for immediate dismissal of Omar Abduulah government over its alleged failure on all fronts, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party has claimed that year 2013 has been the darkest era of governance in the state.
“Year 2013 has been the darkest era of governance. The present government should be dismissed without any delay in view of failure on all front particulary to save the people of the state from death and destruction,”JKNPP Chief Patron, Bhim Singh said.
The government has failed in all disciplines mainly on the situation dealing with law and order, health, education, administration, recruitment, Panchayati Raj, he said.
Nearly for five years people of Jammu and Kashmir remained subject to oppression and suppression even as hundreds of minor boys languish in jails and police stations, Singh said.
Singh claimed that this year has been the “darkest era” because the state government failed to even register a FIR in connection with the death of NC worker Yousuf Haji.
Nearly 15 lakhs refugees and migrants from Pakistan, Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Chhamb, Deva-Batala and the latest toll of the migrants from Rajouri, Poonch, Ramban, Doda, Reasi have remained neglected and suffering because of the hostile attitude of the NC-Congress government, he said.
Despite the Supreme Court’s judgement Jammu migrants (mostly in Talwara), have not been paid balanced relief of Rs 21 crore, Singh said, claiming that in the past six months they have not been provided any relief.
“Discrimination by the State and Central governments have come to the surface when relief of Kashmiri migrants in cash and kinds was raised two times where as Jammu migrants were ignored,” he said.