Relieve me as caretaker CM: Omar Abdullah to Kashmir governor

New Delhi, Jan 8: Jammu and Kashmir's outgoing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said he met Governor N.N. Vohra and asked him to relieve him of his duties.

"Just to confirm I did meet Gov Vohra sahib last night & ask him to relieve me as caretaker CM. I had agreed to stay temporarily," Abdullah tweeted.

Omar Abdullah

The National Conference leader, who met Vohra in Delhi Wednesday night, said that Kashmir, where firing and shelling from Pakistan was taking place almost every day and which was hit by massive floods last year, needs a "full time administrator".

"Given the situation on the border with 10,000 displaced, the hardships of winter & the continuing need for relief for flood affected.

"I believe the interests of the state will only be served by a full time administrator & not a caretaker with no mandate to govern," he tweeted.

As Kashmir still awaits a government following a hung assembly, and no party coming out to stake claim to form the government, Abdullah said the Peoples Democratic Party - the single largest party with 28 legislators - needs to explain to the people why there was no government yet.

"I had assumed govt formation would be a matter of a week or 10. Today we seem even further away from that goal than we were 10 days ago.

"It is now for the @jkpdp to explain to the people that with 28 MLAs & offers of support from 2 other parties why the state has central rule," Abdullah added.


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