Saroori fumes over exclusion from cabinet

Calls For Sacking PCC Chief; His Name Didn’t Even Come Up For Discussion: Soz

Srinagar, Jan 16: Blaming the state Congress president Prof Saifuddin Soz for his exclusion from the reshuffled state cabinet, senior Congress leader from Chenab Valley and former R&B Minister G M Saroori Wednesday called for sacking Soz from the post of the party president.
“It is Soz who created hurdles in my inclusion into the cabinet. He has threatened to resign from the party if I was included in the cabinet. He did it all to weaken the party in the State,” the local news gathering agency KNS quoted Saroori as having said.
Accusing Soz of weakening the party in the state, the Azad-loyalist Saroori called for immediate removal of Soz from the party president’s post. “I appeal the Congress High Command especially Sonia Ji to remove him (Soz) from the post and appoint a new president to save the party in the state,” he said, adding, “I have become victim of a conspiracy and have been deceived by the party.”
Calling Soz as a new comer to the party, Saroori accused him of being non-serious towards strengthening the party.
“He (Soz) has come to the party just yesterday and doesn’t understand the party,” Saroori said.
He said despite assurances from Soz that he would be reinstated into the cabinet on getting a clean chit in the exam-gate allegations, Saroori said he was “deceived by the party after a conspiracy was hatched against him”. “I had gone for Hajj and they didn’t even wait for me to return when they removed me from the ministry. But then Soz and CM praised me for my integrity and performance. I was given clean chit by the CBI,” he said, adding that he was at loss to understand what made them “keep my name out of the newly framed cabinet.” “I was deeply hurt by the decision.”
However, the Congress leader pledged to continue as a “soldier of the party” by working at the grassroots. “I will not resign from the party. I owe allegiance to party high command and will continue to fight as their soldier in the state,” he said.
He said the party workers in his constituency and other areas were angry but he was trying to cool down the tempers.
Meanwhile, State Congress President, Prof Saifuddin Soz denied his involvement in Saroori’s exclusion from the cabinet. “Whenever the reshuffle was discussed in Delhi, his (Saroori’s) name did not even come up for discussions. So neither did I get the opportunity to support him nor could I oppose him,” he said.  KNS

Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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