NC-Congress Coalition Intact: Omar

NC-Congress Coalition Intact: Omar

1 February 2014
Deccan Herald


Srinagar: Putting speculation about his resignation to rest, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said National Conference (NC)-Congress coalition government will complete its full term and the NC will remain part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre. Addressing a press conference in Jammu, Omar said the state cabinet has approved the recommendations made by the cabinet sub-committee (CSC) on creation of 659 new administrative units in the state. He said the present dispensation will last till the last day and there is perfect understanding between the coalition partners. “The coalition is strong and working well. We come up to the difficulties and the hurdles and it is possible that we work together despite difficulties. But do not confuse it with pre-poll alliance,” Omar said. On creation of administrative units, the chief minister said it will entail costs “but the fast delivery of services and unburdening the existing units would prove effective”. “The cabinet has directed finance and revenue departments to prepare a road map for implementation of these new units to benefit the people on the ground,” he said. “The decision arrived in today’s (Saturday) cabinet meeting is indicative of the fact that the NC-Congress coalition is working and strong. It also indicates that we can iron out differences and work together for the welfare of the people,” he added. On NC president and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah's recent meeting with DMK president M Karunanidhi, the chief minister said they are friends and their meeting should not be seen as a political meeting. “It is possible that he (Farooq) might have met him (Karunanidhi) to bring him back into the UPA. There is no question of breaking bonds with UPA,” he asserted. Earlier, after hectic deliberations, the state cabinet adopted the recommendations of the cabinet sub-committee in toto. The state cabinet discussed the recommendations threadbare and finally adopted the report that envisages creation of 659 new administrative units. Omar had recently threatened to resign as chief minister in case the Congress obstructed the creation of new administrative units. Though initially the local Congress was against the idea, after intervention by the high command, they had to agree.