New government in Kashmir to assume office on Monday

January 2nd, 2009 - 8:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): The New coalition government in Kashmir headed by National Conference party chief Omar Abdullah will assume office on Monday.
Announcing this while talking to reporters after holding a meeting with senior leaders of the Congress party here today, chief ministerial designate Omar Abdullah said that he will take oath as the next Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir along with five or six ministers.
Abdullah’’s National Conference (NC) party and the Congress party have entered into an alliance to form the government in the state.
“January 5 has been decided as the date of oath taking and the number of ministers who will take oath is yet to be decided. Deputy Chief minister, I think two ministers of my party will take oath along with me. And if Congress finds it comfortable, then two of its ministers will also take oath. I think five or six people would be taking oath,” said Omar Abdullah.
The NC chief also added that there would be no policy of rotational chief ministers like the state’’s former Congress-People’’s Democratic Party (PDP) coalition government had.
Omar will continue to be the Chief Minister during the entire tenure of the NC-Congress party coalition government.
“This has been decided that there will be no rotational policy,” he said.
Senior Congress leader and Union Minister for Water Resources Professor Saifuddin Soz, who also attended the meeting, looked positive about the future of the coalition.
“There’’s no difficulty in coalition. We have had so many agreements,” said Soz.
NC won 28 of the assembly’’s 87 seats, the Congress 17, the People’’s Democratic Party 21, Bharatiya Janata Party 11 and other parties and independents won 10 seats. (ANI)

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