No rotation of CM, Omar will complete tenure: Abdullahs
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 20:04
Jammu: Ruling out differences with ally Congress, the National Conference on Wednesday said there was no proposal for rotational Chief Ministership in J-K and Omar Abdullah will continue in the post for the full six-year term.

"When I met Congress president Sonia Gandhi before the formation of the coalition government in the state, it was made clear by both parties that there would be no no rotational chief ministerhip in the state," 40-year-old Omar, who began his third year in office, told a press conference.

He said the "Congress high command has hailed our performance."

Endorsing Omar's view, his father and NC chief Farooq Abdullah said, "Omar would be there for full six-year period.

"I, as the then President of NC, and President of INC Sonia Gandhi discussed the issue threadbare and made it clear that there will be no rotational Chief Minister in the state," Abdullah said.

Replying to a volley of questions, Omar said that any other statement on the subject "can be seen as individual view of that person but it will have no bearing on the decision taken by the NC and Congress high command.

"You cannot stop people from saying all these things. That does not mean coalition is in trouble," Abdullah said.

"With one voice I say that there is no change in the mind of central leadership of Congress," he said.

"Please don't react to the statements from locals quarters. I told my brother (NC leader Mustafa Kamal) a hundred times that stop all these statements. But some people are just misleading him," the NC chief, who is also Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, said.

Omar said the coalition government was working in complete cohesion to accomplish the development agenda it has drawn for equitable development of all regions of Jammu and Kashmir.

"During the year 2010, as many as 25 cabinet meetings took place and there was no raised voice, threat of walkout or any other such incident involving the coalition partners," he said.

Playing down statements by some Congress leaders in the state, he said, "We have fought elections against each other as such individual views sometimes surface but these have no bearing on the running of the government or the policy decision made regarding the coalition government."

In reply to another question, Omar said that the NC-Congress coordination committee makes recommendations which are discussed and decided by the cabinet.

The Chief Minister said he has written to Pradesh Congress President Saif-ud-din Soz about 73rd amendment of Panchayat Act for discussion and recommendations by the coordination committee.

"The coordination committee has constituted a sub-committee in this regard. The final recommendations emerging out of it would be discussed by cabinet", he said.


First Published: Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 20:04

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