Centre preferred polls over rehabilitation, says Omar

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Monday alleged that government of India preferred holding elections in the state over providing relief to the flood-ravaged people.

Omar, who is also working president of National Conference (NC), said, “At a time when Jammu and Kashmir was struck by the worst ever floods, New Delhi preferred holding elections over providing relief to the victims whose everything was snatched by the ravaging waters in September last year.”

“We (the Jammu and Kashmir government) told them (New Delhi) to first take care of rehabilitation of the flood-hit people but they went ahead with the elections that affected the rehabilitation work,” he told reporters outside the Legislative Assembly in Jammu.
Claiming that he doesn’t want to play politics over the present threat of floods which looms large across the Valley, Omar said, “Instead of playing politics over the flood situation, everyone must work to save lives and provide some relief to the flood-hit people.”
The former chief minister also castigated the measures taken by the state government asking what steps authorities have taken to save people from nature’s fury.

‘Show facts’
“Facts must be made public that what measures have so far been taken by state and central governments to save people from the flood situation,” he demanded.

Accusing the government of keeping people in dark over the latest flood situation, Omar said, “People get information from Internet and not from government.”

He also claimed that delay in the approval of the relief package of Rs 44,000 core submitted by then state government to New Delhi has also made flood victims suffer.

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