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Sex scandal: Omar flays Sayeed
Published on 30 Jul. 2009 11:09 PM IST
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Hitting back at the PDP, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today accused its leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of “shutting his eyes” to the sex scandal when it first surfaced in 2006 as his own people were involved. “Sayeed preferred that this scandal should go on and never bothered how callously daughters of Kashmir were being exploited by his own people. He should have resigned at that very time if he would have been real son of soil but he preferred to shut his eyes,” an angry Omar said while addressing supporters at his Gupkar Road residence here. The state assembly witnessed high drama after PDP deputy leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh alleged that Omar’s name figured in the sex scandal case. PDP has demanded a judicial inquiry in the case, saying that it was not satisfied with the CBI probe. Omar, who has given a conditional resignation to the state Governor after the accusation, said Sayeed was “scared” that his government would fall as his own men were also “involved” in the scam which came to light during 2006 after the arrest of a woman. “Sex scandal came to the notice of Sayeed when he was the Chief Minister. His own people and his close associates were actually involved in the scandal because of which he felt that his government will fall,” he alleged. Omar appreciated the role of former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who handed over investigations in the case to the CBI. “Sayeed in his capacity as Home Minister at the Centre selected Jagmohan as Governor and succeeded in his mission to impose AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) in the state,” Omar alleged, adding it was because of these issues that his father Farooq Abdullah had to resign from the Chief Minister’s post in 1990. “When PDP ruled the state there was no talk about withdrawal of AFSPA. But today when my government is actually making efforts for its removal, that party is sabotaging the process by directly or indirectly fomenting violence,” he said. Omar asked both Sayeed and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti to be patient and wait for six years to face people in the next elections. “During the last six years, we have played responsible role of opposition. We never snatched any mike from the Speaker’s podium and allowed the government to run their business in the House. But now PDP has crossed all limits by stooping to a level which has no parallel in political ethics,” he said. He said it is first time that such a massive financial support has come from the Centre under plan funds. Apart from Rs 5,500 crore being earmarked for the state from plan outlay another Rs 1,200 crore package has been sanctioned under Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan, he said. Governor rejects Omar’s resignation Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra Thursday rejected Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s resignation, which Omar had submitted Tuesday after the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) linked him to a 2006 prostitution racket. The governor said there was no reason for the chief minister to resign after he got the matter probed by the union home ministry. “The government has been informed that there is no basis for the chief minister to reign and as such he has asked Omar to continue vigorously discharging his duties,” an official communique from the governor’s house said. Abdullah Tuesday submitted his resignation to Vohra, saying the allegations levelled against him by the PDP should be probed and if found true, the governor must immediately accept his resignation. Giving him a clean chit, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had said the Central Bureau of Investigation had concluded the case and Abdullah’s name “does not figure in the list of the 17 accused chargesheeted”.

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