Moots Durbar Move In Reverse Order

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SRINAGAR: With the Kashmir Valley cut-off and snow-bound, chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday once again mooted the idea of having the state’s perverse durbar move in the reverse order – with the capital in Srinagar during tough winters, and in Jammu during hot summers. 

“Stop this escapism of running away at most problematic times — stay in Srinagar during winter and Jammu in the summer to address problems,” Abdullah wrote on Twitter today.

The chief minister had expressed similar views last year as well, and has been a reasoned critic of the egregious and expensive bi-annual shifting of the seat of the government begun by the Dogra autocracy over a hundred years ago to escape harsh climatic conditions. 

“Since the darbar move could (not) be done away with, perhaps the time had come to seriously consider reversing the move,” Abdullah wrote in his fresh salvo, his oft-repeated sentiments having elicited no public comments by government figures so far.

During the harsh winters in Srinagar, the seat of the government shifts to Jammu, and when Jammu reels under intense summer heat, the government enjoys the cool climes of Srinagar.

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