After Kargil ‘revolt,’Akhoon may get Cabinet status

Likely To Be Appointed Advisor To CM

Fallout

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar,Jan 24: After facing a serious revolt-like situation from the people of Kargil for dropping the former Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) minister Qamar Ali Akhoon from the Cabinet, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is likely to appoint the disgruntled NC leader as his Advisor with the status of a Cabinet Minister.
The development comes after a meeting between Chief Minister and NC’s Kargil district working committee led by Ghulam Hassan Khan. The NC working committee of Kargil had tendered mass resignation against dropping the former CA&PD Minister.
Sources privy to the meeting said the working committee urged the Chief Minister that Kargil desperately needed a representation in the Cabinet. “Chief Minister gave a patient hearing to Kargil delegation and assured them their concerns will be addressed,” an insider said. “Omar is going to appoint Akhoon as his Advisor,” he said.
Sources said the decision has been already conveyed to Akhoon. When contacted, Akhoon admitted that he has got a message in this regard but refused to divulge further. “I won’t be able to comment today,” he said.
“Chief Minister had already kept something in mind for Kargil,” said NC provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani. “There is no revolt in Kargil. We know how to take care of our cadre. We are in fact going to rope in all the annoyed faces back to the party fold,” he said.
“The process has already begun as I have issued certain important directions to district and block presidents.”
Earlier, MLA Karnah Kafil-ur-Rehman had refused to take over as the chairman of Gujjar and Pahari Welfare Board. He was later given a Cabinet status.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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