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Omar Abdullah to head NC-Congress govt in J&K
December 30, 2008 13:38 IST
Last Updated: December 30, 2008 14:18 IST
Coverage: J&K Assembly Elections
The 38-year-old leader said, "It has been decided that I will lead the coalition government in the state of which Congress will be a part of."
The meeting took place against the backdrop of both National Conference and the People's Democratic Party initially showing the inclination to form the government in the state and Congress having a rethink on whether it should support NC or PDP.
Congress and NC were last part of an alliance in the state in 1987.
AICC General Secretary and J and K in-charge of the party, Prithiviraj Chavan said, "Omar Abdullah called on Congress President and proposed formation of a coalition government."
"The Congress president has accepted the proposal. The government would be headed by Omar Abdullah," said Chavan, addressing reporters along with Omar.
Omar, who will be the state's youngest chief minister, said, "The clearest and best formula and formulation was an alliance of NC with the Congress as this required no assistance from any other quarter."
Asked about the details of the new government and whether it will be a three-year term each for NC and Congress, he said a committee would be formed by both the parties to go into the nitty gritties of the alliance.
To a query as to when he would take the oath as the new chief minister, Omar said it would be decided only after a meeting with Governor N N Vohra.
"I look forward to working closely with the congress for the welfare and development of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," he said.
Soz said it was a great opportunity for Omar to provide good governance to the state.
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