No Rotation Of CM Post, Says Omar Abdullah5 January 2011
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday clarified that there would be no rotation of Chief Ministership between the National Conference and the Congress. He said: “The matter had been settled once and for all by the high commands of the Indian National Congress and the National Conference before entering into the alliance for running the affairs of the State jointly in a coalition government in the State.” His statement came in the wake of demands made by a section of the Congress that it should be given the post of Chief Minister for three years, as was done in case of the People's Democratic Party (PDP)-Congress alliance from 2002-08. Mr. Abdullah took over as Chief Minister on January 5, 2009. Putting speculations at rest, Mr. Abdullah told a news conference here: “I, as the then president of the National Conference, and Sonia Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress, discussed the issue threadbare and made it clear that there will be no rotational Chief Minister in the State,” he said. “The decision to this effect is final between the two parties taken at the highest level.” Mr. Abdullah said the coalition government worked in complete cohesion to accomplish the development agenda it had drawn for the equitable development of all regions of the State.