NC not to react in haste over rejection of autonomy resolution
7 July 2000
New Delhi: Union Minister of State Omar Abdullah today said his party National Conference was not going to react in haste to the Centre over rejection of autonomy resolution. ''A decision would be taken only after the Party''s leaders meet and discuss the issue of rejection of autonomy resolution by the Union Cabinet,'' Omar said. He said it was for the National Conference working council to decide about the future course of action and all options were open to them. ''National Conference would weigh pros and cons of all actions before arriving at any decision,'' Omar, who is the son of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, said. Omar, who holds the portfolio of Minister of State for Commerce and Industries in the Vajpayee ministry, said ''the NC is not going to oblige vested interests who had anticipated hasty reaction from the party but would prefer to hold a debate among rank and files of the party on the issue.'' However, he regretted statements from leaders of the other allied parties accusing Chief Minister Abdullah of ''misgovernance and corruption'' and said ''such statements are not healthy for an alliance government.'' ''The State Government had only passed a resolution and it wanted to discuss the issue so that a consensus could be reached,'' he added.