Srinagar: While the expectation was that former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, a tech savvy politician, would manage to stay connected during the internet blockade his successor enforced, it was not. It was, however, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who successfully managed e-mailing his statement detailing his Eid sermonon Friday.
Ironically, the tech-savvy Omar was off-line. The last Tweet on his account was on September 24, one the eve of Eid. “Eid Mubarak,” the Tweet read. “Since it is now confirmed that I won’t be online for 40 hours starting from tomorrow 5 am.”.
Interestingly, Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed’s Eid day engagements were not reported by the government. This will be his first Eid after the introduction of the facility that his activities and prayers on the day of Eid or the activities of his cabinet will be missing from the history. Mufti, it may be recalled here, was instrumental in ensuring introduction of mobile telephony in the state.