Sheikh Says Omar’s deadwood remark aimed at Dr Farooq

Srinagar: Reacting sharply to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s tweet in which he dubbed his joining PDP, as a “dead wood” and an “opportunist” who had “wasted” his six years as MLC, Shiekh Ghulam Rasool, former NC leader and MLC on Monday said that ‘it unfortunate that Omar has attributed the same to Dr Farooq Abdullah who is a tallest leader of the state’. 

In his reply to Omar’s tweet, Shiekh said: “It is very unfair on his (Omar Abdullah) part to attribute this (deadwood) to Dr Farooq Abdullah, who is undoubtedly with a political maturity and experience one of the tallest leader of the State.”

Shiekh has further said: “Omar Abdullah has been uncomfortable with some other deadwood which he could not remove due to timely intervention of his father. He can do so now, after 23rd December and include some remnant dead wood left by Sheri-Kashmir, so that he  can start with a clean state and a new National Conference.”

Pertinently, soon after Shiekh quit National Conference, to join PDP, Omar has tweeted, “Never stops amazing me that opportunists like Sh Ghulam Rasool & Ajat (Ajatshatru Singh) only find fault with NC & its leadership when their terms R (are) finishing.” Singh, son of former 'Sadar-i-Riyasat' of Jammu and Kashmir Karan Singh, is reportedly also deserting the party and joining BJP.

The chief minister said he was happy that the “deadwood” accumulated in the party by his father and NC president Farooq Abdullah was “clearing itself out”. “Thank goodness some of this deadwood my father had accumulated is clearing itself out. My only regret - two wasted MLC seats for 6 years,” he said.

Rasool, a former chief secretary of the state and a resident of Ganderbal, resigned from the basic membership and from the central working committee of the party few days ago on the plea that “deteriorating” party affairs in his native constituency was responsible for his decision.

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