Governor turns down Omar's resignation

Vohra terms allegations baseless, asks CM to resume office

Omar Abdullah had submitted the resignation to Vohra on Tuesday after senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beig accused the former of involvement in the sex scandal that rocked the state in 2006.

In his resignation letter, Omar had requested the governor to investigate the matter and accept his resignation if any basis was found in the allegations.

Vohra had asked the chief minister to continue till he investigated the matter and gave his verdict.

On Thursday, a spokesman of governor’s house said that Vohra has got the matter inquired through the Union Home Ministry.

“The governor has said that, based on the information supplied to him by the Union Home Ministry, there was no basis for Omar’s resignation.

Accordingly, the governor advised him to devote himself to discharging the responsibilities of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister,” the spokesman said.

With the latest development, the three-day-long constitutional impasse in the state has come to an end. Chief minister had been skipping his office since his conditional resignation. Omar Abdullah even skipped the legislature session on Wednesday. There was no legislature session on Thursday.

“I can not work till I am proved innocent. I will not sit on the chair of the chief minister till then,” Omar has announced on the floor of the House.

Meanwhile, supporters of the National Conference (NC) on Thursday took to streets holding protest demonstrations against the PDP.

They urged Omar to continue as the chief minister. A large number of supporters visited Omar’s residence to show solidarity with him.

The supporters of the rival parties had clashed in some parts of Valley on Wednesday.
The People’s Democratic Party has rejected the clean chit given by the CBI to Omar. Its president Mehbooba Mufti said: “CBI has shielded Omar. The investigating agency is silent about the list which we are referring to.”

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