Don’t expect favors: Omar tells legislators

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Jan 12: With cabinet expansion likely round the corner, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who is also Working President of National Conference on Saturday advised his party legislators not to expect any favors from him.
The word from Omar to his party’s aspiring ministers came at a time when there is growing uneasiness among the NC MLAs about party’s plan on the first cabinet reshuffle in the state.
“Dear Aspiring Ministers PLEASE don't come and ask me to make you ministers. Trust the Almighty & your destiny, (and) leave the rest to me,” Omar wrote on micro blogging website Twitter.
“Excellent way of doing things on merit,” the tweet was responded to by party’s senior leader and Member Parliament Dr Mehbooba Beg.
Party sources said the Tweet came after the NC legislators were making efforts to seek appointment with the Chief Minister for past one week after the word of possible cabinet reshuffle spread.
However, the Chief Minister indicated that he may reshuffle ministers from his party saying, “Merit and the area they represent will be the consideration”.
A senior party legislator Choudhary Muhammad Ramzaan said it was the prerogative of the party high command to take a decision on the reshuffle.
However, party insiders said any change was bound to invite reaction from NC legislators and senior leaders.
“Everything will be clear in a couple of days,” they said.
In November last year when the state underwent the Legislative Council polls to four seats reserved for Panchayats, Omar had said the outcome of the results would have a bearing on the cabinet reshuffle.
"The MLC elections in the state have come at a good time because their results will have a bearing on the reshuffle (in cabinet) that is being discussed," Omar wrote that time on twitter.
In the 22-member J&K council of ministers, the NC has 11 ministers in the state government including nine cabinet ministers while Congress has 10 ministers including six cabinet ministers.
In the 87-member state Assembly the NC and Congress which formed the coalition government after 2008 Assembly have 28 seats 17 seats respectively.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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