Sonia yet to decide on Sayeed’s resignation: Dr Farooq Abdullah
Jammu, Feb 18: Contesting the claims of former Education minister Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed that his resignation was rejected by Congress high command, Union Minister and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah today said that final decision on the fate of the minister will be taken by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi after Assembly elections in several states.
Talking with reporters on the sidelines of a party function here, Abdullah said that he was sure that UPA Chairperson will sit down and decide what to do with the resignation letter of Peerzada - who was divested of Education portfolio by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah following surfacing of the exam controversy involving his foster son.
At the moment, Peerzada still enjoys the Cabinet rank as he holds the portfolio of Minister for Public Enterprise.
“Finally it is up to her (Sonia Gandhi) to take final decision on resignation letter. Leave the decision to president of the Congress party,” Dr Farooq said.
On claims by the Minister that that his resignation was not accepted by the Congress high command, Abdullah said, “How can Peerzada say for her, when Gandhi has not spoken herself? Let us wait for what she will have to say on the issue after the completion of ongoing elections in different states of the country.”
He, however, said that Peerzada was within his rights to submit his resignation to the Congress high command rather than to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
“When the coalition government was formed, the president of the Congress cleared the list of Ministers, so sending his resignation letter to Sonia was not a big surprise”, Abdullah claimed.
On the recent notices issued by the State Accountability Commission (SAC) to the Chief Minister for appointment of Advisors and heads of various Boards, the Union Minister said, “The law should take its own course. I don’t want to say anything else on the issue.”
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