Party will decide on chief minister: Farooq Abdullah

December 28th, 2008 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Dec 28 (IANS) National Conference (NC) patron Farooq Abdullah said Sunday that a final decision on a chief ministerial candidate would be made by the party if an alliance is worked out between the NC and the Congress.”It is too early to comment on who the chief ministerial candidate would be. I have not so far been in contact with the Congress for working an alliance with them,” Abdullah told reporters after his arrival here from New Delhi.

“Once we work out an alliance with the Congress, the choice of the chief minister would have to be discussed by the two parties,” he said.

Asked whether his son and party president Omar Abdullah could be the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Abdullah said candidly, “Why not? Omar is a young man ready to serve the people”.

The National Conference is emerging as the single largest party in the 87-member legislative assembly, and there is possibility of it and the Congress coming closer to each other.

Farooq Abdullah also denied reports of his having any differences with Omar Abdullah.

“I do not think he (Omar Abdullah) needed my going and canvassing for him. I was sure he would win. Omar is the president. He decided that I should go to other places. Father and son don’t differ,” Farooq Abdullah said.

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