Omar Abdullah not to shift to palatial chief minister's residence

3 January 2009
The Hindustan Times


Srinagar: Omar Abdullah, chief minister designate of Jammu and Kashmir, has decided to stay in his present three-bedroom house in summer capital Srinagar and not shift to the palatial chief minister's official residence. 'I have a small family. My two children would be lost in that huge mansion. In fact, I don't need such a huge mansion to live in,' Omar told reporters in Srinagar on Saturday. Known as a family man, Omar likes spending time with his family whenever he can. As parliament member and president of the regional National Conference (NC), Omar Abdullah has been living in a small three-bedroom house on Gupkar Road here close to the private residence of his father, Farooq Abdullah. During the chief ministership of Ghulam Nabi Azad, the state government constructed a palatial residence overlooking the Dal Lake and Azad had started living there towards the end of the Congress-People's Democratic Party (PDP) government. The government fell last July after the PDP withdrew support.