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Governor gives clean chit to Omar, tells him to continue
Ehsan Fazili
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 30
Governor NN Vohra has conveyed to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that, based on the information supplied to him by the Union Home Ministry, there was no basis for him to resign. Omar had here on Tuesday submitted his resignation to the Governor following the PDP allegations in the Assembly of his involvement in the infamous sex scandal of 2006.

According to an official spokesman here today, the Governor has advised the Chief Minister to devote himself most vigorously to discharging responsibilities of Chief Minister. In furtherance to the allegations levelled against the Chief Minister in the Legislative Assembly and the letter that Omar had presented to the Governor on July 28, the Governor has had the matter inquired into through the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the spokesman added.

The Chief Minister in his meeting with the Governor on Tuesday had requested the Governor to inquire, on a time-bound basis, into the allegations made against his moral character. Omar had requested him to accept his resignation immediately in case the Governor was satisfied that there was any basis therein.

The Governor had observed that he would be able to consider the resignation only after first being fully informed about the details of the allegation against him and, thereafter, being satisfied about the verified basis thereof. However, the Chief Minister was asked to continue discharge his responsibilities as Chief Minister till the final decision was taken.

The rejection of the Chief Minister’s resignation has set at rest speculations and uncertainty that prevailed in the political circles for the past two days. Omar had himself made it clear that unless any final decision was taken there was no lowering of guard on the functioning of the government.

The issue was taken up in the Assembly yesterday when BJP leader Chaman Lal Gupta sought to know about the status of the government after the Chief Minister had resigned. However, the Speaker said the Governor had made it clear that the Chief Minister would continue to work and that the resignation had not been accepted.

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CM had never quit: PDP
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 30
The PDP has said the Governor’s advice to Omar Abdullah to “vigorously devote himself” as Chief Minister did not bring any “qualitative change in the farcical situation created by the resignation drama”.

Responding to Governor NN Vohra’s communication to the Chief Minister, a PDP spokesman said it had only acknowledged that Omar had never tendered his resignation as was sought to be made out through the media. He said it was only natural that there was no mention of his resignation by the Governor in his letter to the Chief Minister.

The spokesman said Raj Bhawan had apparently accomplished in 48 hours what the police, the CBI and courts in and outside Kashmir were not able to do in four years. This, he said, had the potential of bringing the highest constitution authority of the state also into the controversy.

The spokesman said the PDP’s only concern was strengthening the institutions of accountability that could guarantee the credibility of the system.

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