Of Omar’s ‘Humble Pie’ Politics, And 70 Visits to Beerwah

Riyaz Bhat

SRINAGAR

Omar Abdullah meeting delegations in Beerwah assembly constituency on Friday, Dec 18, 2015.
Omar Abdullah meeting delegations in Beerwah assembly constituency on Dec 18, 2015.

After moving to hills in a fight to retain his assembly seat in last state elections, former CM and NC working president, Omar Abdullah, made a record visit to his constituency.

After union government announced Rs 32 crore grant for road construction in Beerwah, excited Omar said that he made his critics to “eat humble pie” and he would “make Beerwah constituency a model one across the state”.

Omar said that at the time when he contested the 2014 assembly elections from Beerwah, he was targeted by his opponents, saying that he would never ever visit the people of the constituency till the next elections. “In just one year, I have done more than 70 tours of Beerwah. I know it, people and the problems they face every day. What I am striving is to mitigate their sufferings with utmost efforts. I have spent more than rupees 3 crore out of the CDF for the overall development of Beerwah. I would do more and will keep striving for the peoples’ welfare,” Omar said.

The former chief minister maintained that now his critics have to eat their words as the people of Beerwah are witness to the fact that “they saw me every next day in middle of them”.

“By choosing me as their candidate, they have done a great favour to me. I have resolved that I would return this great favour with best of my capacities and capabilities,” Omar said.

The union government had on Tuesday sanctioned Rs 32 crore for the maintenance of roads in Beerwah.

“Omar Abdullah has spent more than Rs 3 crore for the public works as he has given five ambulances for Gondipora, PHC Narbal, PHC Magam, and PHE Poshkar. He has also provided 45 electric poles for 45 Halkas of Beerwah constituency. He spent Rs seventy Lakh for transformers in the area and much more like medical aid to people from modest background, Rs two crore for maintenance of streets,” said Abdul Rashid, who works in NC working president’s office.

Rashid informed that Omar used to visit Beerwah almost every week to meet the people to know their problems.

Omar has established two offices in Beerwah and Magam where he meets public.

(Riyaz Bhat is an Intern with Kashmir Life. With KNS Inputs.)

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