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'Omar, Mehbooba biggest losers, don't fit in new scheme of things'
Retirement from politics can earn them freedom
9/23/2019 11:23:33 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 23: Future of two former Chief Ministers of Jammu & Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti looks dark in the newly formed Union Territory of J&K.
According to the observers and analysts, both these Kashmir-centric leaders representing different political ideology may find it hard to carve out a place for them in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. "Both Omar and Mehbooba had become Chief Ministers after inheriting power from their family heads. Omar's only qualification was that he was the grandson of late Sheikh Mohd Abdullah and Mehbooba's was that she was daughter of late Mufti Mohd Sayeed," an analyst told Early Times.
He said, "In the newly carved Union Territory of J&K, both the leaders will have to prove their worth by first getting elected. Mehbooba Mufti lost the 2019 parliamentary polls from Anantnag parliamentary constituency in South Kashmir while Omar in 2014 Assembly elections lost the Sonwar seat and managed to win from Beerwah with a narrow margin of nearly 1000 votes."
The analyst said both Omar and Mehbooba made it to the CM's office due to the influence enjoyed by their families. "Now the situation has changed. The J&K is no more a state its a Union Territory which will be directly governed by the centre. Secondly, the new Chief Minister, whosoever, he or she will be, would have to get the nod of the Lieutenant Governor before taking any decision," he added.
An observer said, "Both Omar and Mehbooba during their tenure enjoyed absolute powers and did act like elected monarchs. They may find it difficult to act independently in the coming days. The better option for them will be to take retirement from the active politics. Now, they won't fit in the new scheme of things."
He said the statements which are coming from New Delhi indicate that detained Kashmir-centric leaders won't be released soon and they may have to spend some more time in the '5 Star Hotels and posh VIP Huts' which have been turned into make shift jails. "It won't be an exaggeration to say that Omar and Mehbooba are the biggest losers and it would be very difficult for them to regain power again," the observer added.
He said that if both of them remain under detention for the next 18 months, there is every possibility about the duo getting wiped out completely from the scene and they become irrelevant.
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