Omar resumes office, chairs cabinet meet

Omar had skipped office after his conditional resignation on Tuesday. A senior People’s Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Muzaffar Hussain Beig had accused him in the state assembly of being involved in sex scandal that rocked the state in 2006.

On Thursday Governor N N Vohra rejected his conditional resignation and asked him to resume his duties.

Later, talking to media persons, Omar said he had left behind the bitterness created after he was accused by the PDP of being involved in the sex scandal. “I am looking forward with renewed energy to serve the people of the state sincerely. I would carry the people, the administration and the opposition along in my mission to revolutionise the state’s politico-economic scenario,” he added.

The chief minister stated that the personal attack on his character by the PDP would not stop him from seeking active cooperation from the Opposition in the drive to seek peace and progress in the state.

“I am not a person who believes in revenge. I will still reach out to the Opposition for cooperation in the larger interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said adding that he was back to deliver and work for the betterment of the people.

“Healthy government requires healthy Opposition. People have not elected us to indulge ourselves into mud slugging and character assassination. We have to rise to the occasion and fulfil their expectations”, Omar said. He viewed that masses wanted politicians to find a solution to their problems and not waste time by carrying out personal attacks on each other.

The chief minister said the decision to resign was a difficult one but was necessary in order to uphold high standards of political behaviour.

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