Peerzada’s Fate Will Be Decided By Sonia: Farooq

Peerzada’s Fate Will Be Decided By Sonia: Farooq

18 February 2012
Rising Kashmir
Syed Amjad Shah

Jammu: Ruling National Conference president and Union Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah Saturday said the fate of former Education minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed will be decided by Congress president Sonia Gandhi after end of assembly elections in five states. “It is up to Sonia Gandhi to decide the fate of Peerzada. I am sure the investigation and quotes must have been sent to Congress High Command as well. As soon as election process in five states will be over, Sonia will sit down and decide about continuation of Peerzada in J&K cabinet. Leave the decision to her,” Farooq told reporters at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here on sidelines of a party working committee meeting, which discussed organizational issues and future course of strategy to strengthen the party at grass root level. When told that Peerzada has claimed that his resignation has not been accepted by Congress high command, he said, “I am sorry. I don’t know what really Sonia has done. I cannot speak on her behalf. Therefore, I don’t think Peerzada also has right to speak. He cannot speak for her as UPA chairperson has not spoken on the issue herself so far. When Sonia says something, it will come through her own office -then all of us will know what she had decided.” Farooq said he does not think Peerzada did anything wrong by sending his resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi instead of forwarding it to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. He said Congress president is the one, who cleared the list of the ministers that joined the coalition government-and therefore Peerzada was within his right to send his resignation to Sonia. “Let the party president decide over his resignation. In the meantime, education portfolio has been taken away from him (Peerzada),” he said. In reply to a question, Omar said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah are committed to completely wipe out corruption. 'We must see that there should be no stimulation to corruption in the state,' he said adding Peerzada had been stripped of the Education portfolio. 'Coalition depends on two parties and I do not think it was wrong to send resignation to her. It is for her to decide as Congress President what to do-I am sure that reports must have also been sent to her,' Farooq said. Peerzada had resigned after a report by the Crime Branch indicted his foster son for using unfair means in 10th Class exam in 2009. Subsequently, the minister was divested of education portfolio by chief minister.