Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday declared himself the chief ministerial candidate of his National Conference in the Assembly elections in the state.

“I am hopeful that the next government will be headed by

me,” Omar told on the sidelines of the I-Day function here.

Asked about the opposition criticism that he was emptying the state coffers on populist measures as a last ditch effort ahead of Assembly elections, Omar said he was contesting the polls to win. “Don’t think that I am emptying the treasury for the next person. As far as I am concerned, I am fighting these elections to win them and not to lose them,” he said. Former Chairman J&K Bank Haseeb Drabu, who is contesting the forthcoming elections on a PDP ticket, has criticised the state government’s fiscal policy through his write-ups in local newspapers.”Government will be decided by the people and not by those writing columns in newspapers. We will see the acumen of the people when they take oath and become finance minister, if it comes to that.We have seen their work when they were in position of power,” Omar said.

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