Cong sees nothing wrong in Omar`s remark that he was no puppet

Congress Thursday saw nothing wrong in Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah`s remarks that he was not the Centre`s puppet.

Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 15:50 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress Thursday saw nothing wrong in
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah`s remarks that
he was not the Centre`s puppet.

"What should he say? Should he say he is a puppet? After
all he is an elected Chief Minister of a state," AICC General
Secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters here when asked to
comment on Abdullah`s statement.

Asked whether the statement was against the Centre`s
policies, Singh said, "He is the Chief Minister of a state. He
should not unnecessarily allow the message to go that he is
weak and unnecessarily harassed and interfered with."

Singh said in a federal system, the Chief Minister has his
own views.

"There is an importance of the Chief Minister in a federal
system. He has his own existence," Singh said.

Rejecting Opposition charges, Abdullah had yesterday said
neither he nor his council of ministers were acting as
"puppets" of the Centre.

Omar also made known his disapproval of Union Home
Secretary G K Pillai announcing lifting of curfew in the
Valley, a move which he felt undermined the institutions of
the State.

PTI