Omar Abdullah
Omar Abdullah
Jammu & Kashmir

My Delhi visit not political, as projected by media: Omar

Agency News

Srinagar, May 27 : Rejecting the media reports that his visit to New Delhi was on political lines, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said he had formally applied and received permission to visit the national capital from Srinagar, after about 10 months.

''According to Gulistan News, I was called to Delhi by a 'special jet service'. This is news silly season,'' said the Vice-President of the National Conference (NC). Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, he posted, ''And this is the permission that was formally applied for & received. It would have to be a very stupidly planned 'secret trip' that left so many witnesses & a massive paper trail in its wake. Can the media now stop their idle speculation & report actual news rather than fiction.'' The former Chief Minister landed in Delhi for the first time on Tuesday since his detention on August 5, when the Centre scrapped Article 370 and divided the state into two Union Territories (UTs).

However, he was released only in March this year, after his detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) was withdrawn. Two more former Chief Ministers- Dr Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, besides dozens of other senior leaders, were also detained, after scrapping the special status of the state. Ms Mufti, former minister Naeem Akhter, IAS-turned-politician Dr Shah Faesal and few other leaders remain under detention. (UNI)