Srinagar: National Conference president Omar Abdullah has decided to step down as the caretaker Chief Minister, making imminent a spell of Governor’s rule in the state.
The decision not to continue as the acting CM was conveyed by Omar to Governor Narinder Nath Vohra in Delhi on Wednesday night shortly after arriving in India from London, where he had gone to meet his ailing parents, NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu told Kashmir Reader on Thursday.
He referred to the tweets of Omar arguing that the state needs a full-time administrator in the backdrop of constant shelling along the border and to provide succour to the flood affected families.
“Chief Minister has tweeted that he wants to be relieved. This, he has formally conveyed to the Governor. Now the Governor has to take his resignation further,” Mattu said.
He said that he can’t comment on whether the resignation will be accepted or not, as it is for the Raj Bhavan to decide.
Following Omar’s decision to step down, a PTI report said that Vohra has sent to the President a report in which he has made two or three suggestions including the option of his rule till a civilian government takes shape.
Earlier, Omar tweeted: “I had assumed government formation would be a matter of a week or 10 (days). Today we seem even further away from that goal than we were 10 days ago.”
A day after the results of the Assembly election threw up a fractured verdict, Omar visited Raj Bhawan on December 24 and submitted his resignation. The Governor asked him to continue till January 19, the deadline for the formation of the new government.
Since PDP, the largest party having 28 members, and BJP, having 25 members, have not arrived at a consensus to form a coalition government—PDP has also turned down offers of support from NC (15 seats) and Congress (12 seats)—it appears the Governor’s rule will come in force anytime now.
Taking a dig at the PDP for failing to cobble together a coalition, Omar wrote in another tweet: “It is now for the @jkpdp to explain to the people that with 28 MLAs & offers of support from 2 other parties why the state has central rule.”
This is for the second time that the state is witnessing a stalemate over the formation of a government.
After a fractured verdict in 2002 elections, Governor’s rule was imposed for a fortnight after then outgoing CM Farooq Abdullah asked then Governor GC Saxena to relieve from the charge of caretaker CM.