Omar Abdullah reaches out to opposition


"I am not a person to seek revenge but I will reach out to the opposition for cooperation in the largerJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah resumes work in secretariat on Friday, a day after the Governor rejected his resignation. PTI interests of the people of J and K," Omar told reporters on being asked about PDP allegation made in the assembly that he was involved in the 2006 sex scandal, a charge rubbished by him.

He resumed work a day after Governor N N Vohra rejected his resignation letter saying there was no basis for the allegation by PDP that he was involved in the sex scandal.

Omar had on Tuesday tendered his resignation to the Governor asking him to go into the allegation levelled by PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and accept his offer if there was any basis to the charge.

Dressed in a Pathani suit, Omar was greeted by dozens of his staff at the secretariat. "I am not the one to dwell in the past. I look towards the future. I have never conducted myself or my politics with a view to extracting revenge and therefore what is done is done".

The 39-year-old Chief Minister held his usual morning meeting with some of his cabinet colleagues and later chaired a cabinet meeting.

"I had to take a difficult decision in order to clear not only my own name but also to establish some respectability for politics and politicians in the J and K."

Meanwhile, hundreds of NC workers and leaders on Friday celebrated rejection of Omar's resignation by the Governor and his continuance as the Chief Minister of the state by distributing sweets at the party headquarters in Jammu.

Addressing the NC workers here, the party leaders, including provincial president Rattan Lal Gupta and MLA Rashpal Singh, asked the workers to strengthen the party at the grass-root level.

They also asked them to support the Chief Minister in bringing permanent peace in the state and spread his message of peace and development among the masses.

Similar functions were also held at NC units in Kathua, Rajouri, Kishtwar and Doda, party sources said here.

Meanwhile, hundreds of NC workers and leaders today celebrated rejection of Omar's resignation by the Governor and his continuance as the Chief Minister of the state by distributing sweets at the party headquarters in Jammu.

Addressing the NC workers here, the party leaders, including provincial president Rattan Lal Gupta and MLA Rashpal Singh, asked the workers to strengthen the party at the grass-root level.

They also asked them to support the Chief Minister in bringing permanent peace in the state and spread his message of peace and development among the masses.

Similar functions were also held at NC units in Kathua, Rajouri, Kishtwar and Doda, party sources said here.

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