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Omar resigns as J&K CM
PDP tries to link his name with sex scandal
n Governor tells him to continue
Ehsan Fazili
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 28
After a dramatic turn of events in the Assembly, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here today submitted his resignation to Governor NN Vohra following the PDP’s allegations that his name figured in the list of those in the sex scandal.

Though his Cabinet colleagues and coalition legislators persuaded him to reconsider the decision, Omar drove to the Raj Bhawan within three hours after announcing to quit in the Assembly.

The Governor asked Omar to continue discharging his responsibilities as Chief Minister of the state till a final decision is taken. He is reported to have observed that he would be able to consider the Chief Minister’s resignation only after first being fully informed about the details of the allegation against him and, thereafter, being satisfied about the verified basis thereof.

In this context, the Raj Bhawan has addressed the Legislative Assembly Secretariat to be supplied with the certified copies of all relevant statements and documents relating to the allegation under reference.

A spokesman for the Raj Bhawan said Omar called on the Governor and requested him to inquire, on a time-bound basis, into the allegation made against his moral character by Muzaffar Hussain Beig, a PDP MLA, during the course of proceedings in the Assembly today and to immediately accept his resignation in case the Governor was satisfied that there was any basis therein.

The Governor, who was on his way to the airport to leave for Delhi to attend certain engagements, deferred his departure on receiving a message that Omar wanted to meet him urgently. The Governor left for Delhi later in the evening, after meeting the Chief Minister.

Omar announced to resign following the allegation of Muzaffar Hussain Beig, senior PDP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister, on the second day of the session here during Zero Hour in the Assembly. He was speaking on various incidents of the killing at the hands of the police or the security forces inviting public ire.

Referring to the infamous sex scandal of 2006, the PDP leader handed over a list to the Speaker, saying Omar’s name figured at S. No: 102. “He has lost the moral authority to rule the state. He must step down,” Beig said taking many by surprise and shocking the NC members, thus creating a ruckus in the House.

“Yeh Kahan Tak Jayaz Hai,” the Chief Minister said while trying to pacify his party members and the coalition partners. After over 20 minutes of the exchange of arguments between the treasury benches and the opposition benches, the Chief Minister pleading his innocence announced to tender his resignation. “Yeh Mujhey Ummeed Nahin Thee Ki Aaj Hum Is Hadd Tak Gir Jayengay,” the composed Chief Minister said in his opening remarks.

He said he would not be able to work unless proved innocent. “I am going to the Governor and submit my resignation,” he said. Omar held that the allegations levelled by the PDP member were false and baseless and unless this was proved he would not be in the chair.

In his remarks, Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone lamented that it was a matter of shame that it “came to an end at such an issue that was not under discussion”. He held that the PDP member’s speech during Zero Hour had begun over the Shopian incident, which was heartening. The party had yesterday also raised its voice to take up the Shopian case of the rape and murder of two women, but that was not allowed for the lone obituary reference. The issue was taken up by the PDP after a couple of questions in Zero Hour today. Lone announced that he would get the information verified from the authorities concerned whether these were authentic and valid. “I will see if there is a need to inquire on this issue. He (Beig) has raised a finger at the Chief Minister,” he added.

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