Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Working President, National Conference Omar Abdullah figure in the list of 100 “most powerful Indians” published by the Indian Express today.
Mehbooba figures at number 26 of the list while as Omar Abdullah at 72.
“Stepping into the giant shoes of her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, and despite being stymied by an overpowering BJP in a coalition government, she has proved she is no pushover. She got the Centre to agree to amnesty to over 8,000 youth named in stone-pelting cases and sees the appointment of interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma as a political victory,” the list reasons of placing Mehbooba at 26.
It also says that the sacking of former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu was seen as a strong signal to the BJP.
“Can she keep walking the tightrope in her alliance with the BJP and deliver on governance as well?” it further said.
In a lighter vein, the newspaper says that Mehbooba has ditched green and is now mostly seen in blue clothes
Regarding Omar Abdullah, the newspaper says, “His is the most potent voice against the PDP-BJP government in the state. Omar is also believed to have played an important role in father Farooq Abdullah’s return as MP from the prestigious Srinagar seat.”
His social media following, the newspaper says, ensures he is heard on all important debates.
His challenge is to ensure his party, National Conference, remains on track.
The report also said that Junior Abdullah frequents a new gym in Srinagar.
The list is topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed by his lieutenant Amit Shah at number two.