Srinagar: A day before his arch political rival, Mehbooba Mufti, takes oath as the first woman chief minister of J&K, former chief minister Omar Abdullah admitted that both he and Mehbooba have inherited the seat.
“Mehbooba is the chief minister because she is the daughter of Mufti Sayeed. She is not there because she is a woman. It is an inherited position. I’m in the same position. That’s a reality we can’t escape from,” Omar told NDTV.
Omar said Mehbooba assumes office “in a significantly weaker position than her father did.”
“At least Mufti Sahab was able to extract a document in the form of the Agenda for Alliance. It is another matter that none of the points mentioned in that document were ever implemented but at least he managed to bring BJP to the table. But Mehbooba will be taking over without anything in hand,” he added.
Quoting BJP leader Ram Madhav, Omar said Mufti “sought nothing from the prime minister and received nothing.”
Mehbooba had kept the BJP waiting for weeks after her father and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death on January 7, demanding “confidence building measures and strict implementation of the Agenda for Alliance”. Eventually, she settled for nothing and hastened to stake claim to the government formation after, reportedly, a section of her party MLAs insinuated that they will be forming the government even without her.
“I bear no personal animosity towards Mehbooba as I bore non toward her father,” Omar said.
“It is clear that Mehbooba has faced and continues to face tremendous dissension. It’s true that majority of her party legislators were in favour of government formation with or without her… I’m curious to know what happens tomorrow,” he said.