Cabinet reshuffle wasn’t an easy decision, says Chief Minister

Rana Takes Over As NC Provincial President


Jammu, Jan 17: The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also the working president of National Conference, Thursday asserted that those who have been given the party responsibility have been assigned a “much important job in comparison to a ministerial berth.”
Omar maintained that party is always important than government. “It is with an aim to consolidate and strengthen National Conference for the 2014 general elections that some members have been tasked with the responsibility to look after the party affairs,” he said, addressing party workers here.
“They have been assigned this extremely important assignment keeping in view their proficiency and capability.” Omar was addressing a function at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here to facilitate Devinder Singh Rana as the NC’s new Provincial President for Jammu. “Organization (Party) is my family and even more important is the fact that it is not the government which runs the party but it is the party which runs the government,” he said.
Elaborating on the decision to shift people from government to party affairs and inducting some partymen into the government, Omar said: “It wasn’t an easy decision to shift people from one responsibility to another. At the same time it wasn’t easy to decide on the requirements of the government and the party.”
He said after thorough consultations with the union minister Dr Farooq Abdullah, it was decided to bring some changes both at the government and organization levels, primarily to “consolidate and strengthen the party for the 2014 elections.”
Omar said they tried to give maximum representation to every area. “I knew there would be some anger but my intent was right. It is not possible to accommodate each and everybody,” he said, adding, “I am more than satisfied.”
Omar said he did not want to degrade or lower anybody. “It only means that those who served the people in the government must now do the same by being in the organization,” he said, adding that they should go to the people and take the programmes, policies and achievements of the government to them.
“In government they did a commendable job and that is why they have been given the responsibility to look after the party affairs,” he said.
Earlier, Devender Singh Rana was garlanded and taken to his office by Omar.
Highlighting the role of Rana in rendering “selfless service to party”, Omar said Rana has “proved his calibre and mettle by delivering in a meticulous way.” “He (Rana) has established his position in the hearts of people and his appointment as the provincial president will infuse new energy in the party ranks,” he said.
The function was attended by senior NC leaders including its additional general secretary, Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, senior vice-president, Surjit Singh Slathia, S. Harbans Singh, vice-president, Rattan Lal Gupta, Abdul Rahim Rather, Ali Muhammad Sagar, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Sakina Itoo, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Ajay Sadhotra, Mir Saifullah, Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo, Feroz Ahmad Khan, Nazir Ahamd Khan (Gurezi), Deputy Chairman J&K Legislative Council, MY Taing, Member of Parliament, Muhammad Shafi Uri, Legislators, Radhey Sham Sharma, Ajaz Jan, Javed  Ahmad Dar, Bimla Luthra, Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy, Javed Rana, G.Q Pardesi, Dr. B.A. Veeri, Master Noor Hussain, Dr.Shenaz Ganai, Former Members of Parliament, Mirza Abdul Rashid and Ch. Talib Hussain.

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

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