Coalition crisis: Crucial cabinet meet today

New Delhi: Congress on Friday hoped that the tussle between the party and National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir will end, confident that the state Cabinet will accept on Saturday a report combining the views of two panels on the contentious issue of creation of new administrative units.
“There is a Cabinet meeting tomorrow (Saturday). We hope that the number of (administrative) units recommended by the (Cabinet Sub Committee) and Ganaie report are put together and the state Cabinet accepts one total report,” AICC General Secretary Ambika Soni, who is incharge of Jammu and Kashmir, told PTI here.
The CSC, headed by Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader Tara Chand, was constituted in July last year to go into the recommendations made by the Mushtaq Ganaie report for creation of new administrative units in the state.
Tensions between the ruling coalition partners in the state—NC and Congress—have been growing after the state unit of Congress has been stonewalling creation of over 700 administrative units for better governance in the state.
The CSC was constituted in July last to go into the recommendations made by the Ganaie report for creation of new administrative units.
After a delay in the submission of the CSC report, a reluctant Chief Minister Omar Abdullah last week gave seven more days for the panel which is now expected to submit it Saturday.
The CSC has suggested creation of nearly 2,100 new administrative units in the state as against 700 recommended by the Ganaie Committee.
Amid reports that Omar was planning to resign if he did not have his way on the matter, central leaders from Congress have been holding consultations with the state leaders to work out a solution.
Earlier, Tara Chand, who was called for consultations by the Congress leaders in Delhi a couple of times in the space of five days, had said “the Mushtaq Ganaie Committee had recommended 700 new administrative units but the figure may go up to 2,000 or more.—PTI

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