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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2908

Kashmir: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah returns to office

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 01 August, ( Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah (39) returned to his office on Friday three days after he resigned over allegations of his involvement in a sex scandal that had rocked Srinagar three years ago.

Governor N. N. Vohra Thursday rejected his resignation saying there is ‘no truth’ in the allegation. He had checked up with the CBI which had investigated the case. Even the Speaker of the state assembly also talked to the CBI brass to find out the ‘truth’ and he told the assembly that the CBI had given a clean chit to the Chief Minister. ‘His name (Omar Abdullah) doesn’t figure in the FIR of the case’, the CBI told the Speaker. The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) made the allegation against Omar on the floor of assembly.

This is for the first time in Independent India history that a chief minister cornered by the opposition is able to emerge unscathed. The Governor advised Omar to ‘most vigorously devote himself to discharging responsibilities of Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir’.

Abdullah told the media that he had left the assembly incident behind him as ‘I am not the one to dwell on the past’. He said he never conducted himself or his politics with ‘a view to extracting revenge’ and therefore ‘what is done is done’. Asked why he had tendered resignation, the chief minister said he had to take ‘a difficult decision in order to clear not only my own name but also to establish some respectability’ for politics and politicians in the state of Jammu and Kashmir."

‘ I believe in the highest political ethics, upright character and moral principles and my conviction is that only a person with unblemished character has the moral right to hold such positions from where he can serve people with full devotion and sincerity’, the National Conference leader remarked.

-Asian Tribune -

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