I'll not resign, avers Omar

“I am not going to resign and plunge Jammu and Kashmir into a bigger crisis by leaving it headless at this stage,” he told newspersons.There were rumours in the state political circles about Omar resigning after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in its Monday meeting paid no heed to his demand of revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from some areas in Kashmir. The CCS also reportedly made adverse remarks about Omar’s governance that hurt him.

On Tuesday morning, the chief ministerheld a series of meetings in Srinagar with ministers of the coalition government, senior leaders of the National Conference (NC) and other legislators.

The National Conference also convened a late evening meeting of its core group and the party was waiting for its President and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah to return from South Africa.

All these gave a feel among the political circles here that perhaps Omar had decided to resign and he could be replaced by Farooq Abdullah.But a government statement issued later denied such rumours, saying the NC core group meeting was to finalise the agenda for the all-party meeting on Kashmir convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday.

About the series of meetings held by the chief minister, the statement said Omar and others discussed the latest situation in Kashmir.According to sources, the NC, in its core group meeting, would decide to put forward the demand of the revocation of the AFSPA from some areas at Wednesday’s all-party meeting.

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