Addressing a public meeting after paying floral tributes to his grandfather Sheikh Abdullah on his 108th birth anniversary at Hazratbal in Srinagar, Omar said that the decision to accede to India was for good of the people and endorsed the National Conference founder's 1975 accord with then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
    
"It (1977 Indira-Sheikh accord) was not an easy decision for Sher-i-Kashmir. He did not know if the people would support him or not. But he knew that there was nothing better than that for the people and he fought elections on that accord,” Omar said.

“You all know the result of that election, which is considered to be the cleanest of the polls in the state so far," he added.
    
Defending the Indira-Sheikh accord, Omar said that his grandfather took the decision after considering the changing situation at international level and attacks by Pakistan and China on Jammu and Kashmir.
    
"He (Abdullah) ran a movement for Plebiscite here for more than 20 years. He wanted that the people of Jammu and Kashmir should decide for themselves. He thought that the (people of the) state would not be allowed to live in peace in the backdrop of attacks by Pakistan. So China and he entered an accord with Gandhi to safeguard the lives and property of the people of the state," he said.
    
The Chief Minister rued that the youth in the state have misunderstood Sheikh Abdullah, who gave so much to Kashmir.
    
"Unfortunately today's youth has not fully understood Sher-i-Kashmir. It is our fault and weakness too. We have not been able to tell people about him in real sense. Sher-i-Kashmir did for the people of the state what, perhaps, no other leader can do," he said.

(Agencies)

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