Omar cheated by Congress: Lone

SRINAGAR: Castigating its coalition partner, National Conference Saturday said that Congress party is not trustworthy and it had and has been ditching NC from time to time. National Conference senior leader and Minister for Higher Education Muhammad Akbar Lone told CNS that Congress party cheated Chief Minister Omar Abdullah by not submitting its report on the creation of new administrative units even after the expiry of deadline.

    “Omar Abdullah was not angry but he surely felt that Congress party cheated him by not submitting report on the creation new administrative units. There was redness on his face and he categorically conveyed to all Cabinet Ministers that he will put all the Cabinet Meetings on hold till Cabinet Sub Committee does not submit its report,” Lone said.

    Lone told CNS that Chief Minister set up Cabinet Sub Committee after Congress party requested him that Mushtaq Ganaie Committee has ignored some of the areas of the State. “Congress members like Tara Chand, Ghulam Ahmed Mir and Nawang Rigzin Jora are part of CSC. CSC failed to submit its report on due date and instead Congress members requested me to arrange a meeting with Chief Minister so that they request him to extend the date for the submission of the report. These Congress members sought two days time but Omar Abdullah was so magnanimous that he gave them 10 days on a condition that they will submit the report anyhow on due date,” Lone said adding that surprisingly the Congress party played spoilsport and did not submit its report on January 24.

    Higher Education Minister said that Congress party does not want Omar Abdullah should get credit for creating new administrative units. “Congress party is not sincere and it has ditched National Conference from time to time. There were reports that Omar Abdullah was angry when CSC did not submit its report. He was not angry but felt he was cheated by Congress party. Omar Abdullah told Congress members that there should be no difference between Congress and NC on the issue. Omar even told them that it is not the issue relating to AFSPA or the execution of Afzal Guroo where parties may differ,” Lone said adding that Omar Abdullah will defer all the Cabinet Meetings till report is not submitted by CSC headed by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand.

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