When he entered politics four years ago, many dismissed Omar Abdullah, minister of state for external affairs, as a novice. But Farooq's son says he has gained from his four-year exposure in Delhi. He is now slated to take over as the president of the National Conference (NC) from his father and many have tipped him as the next J&K CM. It's a move that has generated its share of controversy in the Valley. Defending himself, Omar spoke to Priya Sahgal. Excerpts:
Is your nomination as party president part of a succession drama?
It's not a nomination. My father has put me forward as his candidate. But that doesn't mean others are not free to fight an election. My father has just decided that he will step down and I will put in my bid as one of the candidates.
Was this your decision as well?
Ultimately, the state (j&k) is where my political future lies. Why shouldn't I put my bid? I have four years of politics behind me, of which two years have been in the government as a minister. My father had less political and administrative experience...