NC- Congress deadlock ends

CSC to file its report on creation of new administrative units

SRINAGAR: The Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) on the creation of new administrative units in the state will submit its report before the state cabinet likely, to take place on February 01.

Tara Chand, senior Congress leader and deputy chief minister who also heads CSC on the creation of new administrative units told KNS over phone from Delhi that the report on new administrative units has been completed and will be submitted before the cabinet in its next meeting. “The meeting held between the senior Congress leaders in Delhi unanimously agreed that the CSC should submit its report before the cabinet without any delay.  ”

 “The Pradesh Congress is opposing Omar’s cherished scheme of creating some 700 new administrative units in the state as it believes the implementation ahead of the April-May Lok Sabha polls and the scheduled assembly elections in October- November this year will benefit NC”, reports had suggested. 

This had set the two parties on a collision course and efforts were set in motion to resolve the stand-off. Congress high command summoned senior leaders to Delhi where AICC general secretary in charge of the state Ambika Soni, PCC chief Saifuddin Soz, Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Omar Abdullah had already held a detailed meeting. 

The Congress high command  called head of the sub committee, Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader Tara Chand including other three members Shyam Lal Sharma, Rigzin Zora and Ghulam Hassan Mir to Delhi 

Where they held a meeting with the senior Congress leader and union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad  and state Congress chief Saif-ud-din Soz.

They congress leaders were directed  to cooperate with the chief minister Omar Abdullah especially on creation of new administrative units.

Congress move followed hardening of stand by Omar for whom the creation of new administrative units is considered to be a ‘cherished goal’ . Since Congress leaders felt it will give NC advantage in the election season they had vehemently opposed the move.

But as the five-year-old alliance between the two appeared to be heading towards a breaking point, Congress High command intervened.

Earlier a senior NC leader and minster for law and parliamentary affairs, Mir Saifullah stated that if Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) failed to submit its report on creation of new administrative units in the state till January 31, NC will be compelled to compile and submit the same before the chief minister.

“We cannot compromise over the issue and if the same gets delayed further, we will have to assert ourselves,” Saifullah told a local news agency, adding that the decision taken by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over the creation of new administrative units in the state was irrevocable.

The law minster stated further that if the CSC fails to submit its detailed report over the new administrative units, the three NC ministers in CSC will themselves compile the report and will submit the same to the chief minister.

“The party (NC) has already made it clear that it will not change its mind over the creation of administrative units as the issue is of utmost priority for the party leadership,” he said.

The law minster claimed that the decision taken by the NC leadership was in the larger interests of the people of the state and that it will not allow further delay into the matter.

Meanwhile Congress leader and minister for Tourism GA Mir reacting to Saifullah’s statement said that it speaks volumes about the NC’s haste on the issue.

Mir asked its coalition partner to understand the ‘sensitivities’ involved in the matter and refrain from ‘double speak’.  

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