Addressing the press conference in Jammu in which Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah Minister for Health, Sham Lal Sharma and Minister for Science and Technology, Aga Ruhullah were also present.The Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Devender Singh Rana, Chief Secretary, S.S. Kapur, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B.B. Vyas were present besides officers from Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on the occasion.
While rejecting any space for speculation regarding rotation of the Chief Minister between the coalition partners in the Government, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah said that the matter has been settled once for all by the high commands of Indian National Congress and National Conference before entering into the alliance for running the affairs of the State jointly in a coalition Government in the State.
“I as the then President of National Conference and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi President Indian National Congress. Sonia Gandhi discussed the issue threadbare and made it clear that there will be no rotational Chief Minister in the State”, he said adding that the decision to this effect is final between the two parties taken at the highest level.
Replying a question to this regard at a press conference, he attended with the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah here, Omar said that any statement on the subject can be the individual view of the person making such a statement but it will have no bearing on the decision taken by the National Conference and Congress high command at the Central level.
Omar Abdullah said that the coalition government works in complete cohesion to accomplish the development agenda it has drawn for the equitable development of all the regions of the State. “During the year 2010, as many as 25 cabinet meetings took place and there was no raised voice, threat of walkout or any other such descend between the coalition partners”, he said adding that the alliance between Congress and National Conference is a post poll coalition. “We have fought elections against each other as such individual views sometimes surface but these have no bearing on the running of the Government or the policy decision made regarding the coalition government”, he added.
In reply to another question, Omar Abdullah said that the NC-Congress Coordination Committee is a recommendery body and its recommendations are discussed and decided by the Cabinet. He said he has written to the Pradesh Congress President Prof. Saif-ud-Din Soz about 73rd amendment of Panchayat Act for discussion and recommendations by the Coordination Committee. “The Coordination Committee has constituted a sub-committee in this regard. The final recommendations emerging out of it would be discussed by the Cabinet”, he said.
In reply to a question regarding the developmental activities in the State, Omar Abdullah said that all the legislators of PDP during the recently held District Board meetings praised the administration for delivering on ground. “If the leadership of this party can’t see the development, they might have shut their eyes or they are doing it for political compulsions”, he said.