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
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,"
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
"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
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
"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.