Omar Abdullah cries foul over Jammu getting an IIM

New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday accused the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP state government of “partisan politics” over the Centre’s decision to set up an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Jammu.

The Union cabinet on Thursday approved the establishment and operation of the premier management institute in the state’s winter capital at a cost of nearly Rs 62 crore.

The 20th IIM of the country will function from a temporary campus at Old Government College of Engineering and Technology for the first four years, from 2016 to 2020, it said.

In a series of tweets, the National Conference (NC) leader hit out at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

“Jammu gets the IIT & gets the IIM also. Where have all those voices that called for balanced regional development in J&K disappeared.”

“This is just blatant partisan politics of the kind we have come to expect from the BJPDP. No wonder so much of the state is restive today,” wrote Abdullah.

“When Kashmir was awarded an AIIMS (hospital) Jammu agitated, successfully, for its right to be granted one as well. Why this partisanship now?”

“Realise that Mehbooba Mufti has had to sell out her political agenda to remain in power but I didn’t realise she’s sold her soul also,” he tweeted.