Omar questions PDP chief over sex scandal, Guv rejects his resignation

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Srinagar, July 30 (ANI): While pandemonium continued in the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly even on the third day over 'sex scandal' issue, it was Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's turn on Thursday to slam PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for turning a blind eye all these years since 2006.

Omar blamed the then People's Democratic Party chief Mufi Mohammed Sayeed for maintaining a mysterious silence when the scandal first surfaced in 2006 because his own people were involved.

Addressing his supporters at Gupkar Road residence here Omar said: "Sayeed preferred that this scandal should go on and never bothered how callously daughters of Kashmir were being exploited by his own people. He should have resigned at that very time if he would have been a real son of soil but he preferred to shut his eyes."

mar blamed that Sayeed was "scared" his government would fall as his own men were also "involved" in the scam which came to light during 2006 after the arrest of a woman.

"Sex scandal came to the notice of Sayeed when he was the Chief Minister. His own people and his close associates were actually involved in the scandal because of which he felt that his government will fall," Omar alleged.

Omar appreciated the role of former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who handed over investigations in the case to the CBI.

"Sayeed in his capacity as Home Minister at the Centre selected Jagmohan as Governor and succeeded in his mission to impose AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) in the state," Omar alleged.

He added by saying that it was because of these issues that his father Farooq Abdullah had to resign from the Chief Minister's post in 1990.

"When PDP ruled the state there was no talk about withdrawal of AFSPA. But today when my government is actually making efforts for its removal, that party is sabotaging the process by directly or indirectly fomenting violence," he said.

The State assembly has witnessed uproar after PDP deputy leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh alleged that Omar's name figured in the sex scandal case.

Though the Centre has clarified that Omar's name has not figured in the CBI report on the sex scandal, the opposition party in the J and K Assembly PDP has demanded a judicial inquiry in the case, saying that it was not satisfied with the probe.

Omar asked both Sayeed and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti to maintain patience and wait for six years to face people in the next elections.

Reacting over the incident of PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti snatching mike of the Assembly Speaker, Omar asked PDP to show responsible conduct in the House.

"During the last six years, we have played responsible role of opposition. We never snatched any mike from the Speaker's podium and allowed the government to run their business in the House. But now PDP has crossed all limits by stooping to a level which has no parallel in political ethics," he said.

Meanwhile, J and K Governor NN Vohra on Thursday rejected Omar Abdullah's resignation, and asked him to continue as the Chief Minister.

A leading television channel report, however, stated Omar Abdullah had not resigned as Chief Minister of the Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday instead he had just sent a conditional letter urging acceptance of his resignation if proven guilty in the sex scandal case.

Omar, while speaking over a channel on Thursday, said that he never expected the Opposition PDP party would stoop so low in politics. (ANI)

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