JAMMU: Sajad Ahmad Kichloo, who was administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor N N Vohra, as Minister of State at Raj Bhavan here Saturday afternoon, said that he is thankful to his party for reposing trust and confidence in him.
Kichloo pledged to work for the betterment of the people of the state with utmost commitment and sincerity.
Kitchloo observed that some vested interests had create a situation to malign his public image and with Justice (Retd) Gandhi report exonerating him from any alleged involvement in Kishtwar riots, his personal and the partys stand has been vindicated.
The day I resigned, I had made it clear that time will prove my innocence and I have been proved correct by the Commission of Inquiry. I had sacrificed my position in the interest of communal harmony, peace and brotherhood which has been a hallmark of my state, Kitchloo said.
The MoS home pledged to work with utmost commitment and sincerity for the holistic development of the people particularly Kishtwar which has suffered a lot at the hands of elements inimical to peace and communal amity.
Pertinently, after being administered oath as a minister of his council, the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, in pursuance of Rule 5 of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Business Rules, assigned to the charge of Kichloo, Minister of State as the Minister of State(Independent Charge) of Industries and Commerce.
According to an order issued today, Kichloo would also hold the charge of Minister of State for Home, R&B and Mechanical Engineering, Housing & Urban Development, Tourism & Culture.
Meanwhile, BJP staged a protest demonstration outside raj Bhavan against re-induction of Kitchloo into the council of ministers.
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