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Baigh to resign as Dy CM; to meet Azad

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Sept 2: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baigh today said he would resign from his post as he does not want to destablise the coalition government in the state, drag the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Congress into a collision course or thrust mid-term elections on the people.

Addressing a crowded news conference here, he said this would be his last day as the state Minister.

Mr Baigh said he would meet Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad later in the day to submit his resignation.

''I will meet Mr Azad and request him to relieve me of the duties as the Deputy Chief Minister and as Finance, Planning, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister,'' he added.

Mr Baigh said he does not want to destabilise the coalition government in the state. ''I also does not want that the PDP and the Congress enter into a coalition course as the Chief Minister had told me that he had carefully taken the decision to retain my portfolios despite PDP leadership's letter to divest me of important portfolios,'' he added.

Mr Baigh said he also does not want to thrust mid-term elections on the people. ''I will never make any attempt to wreck the PDP or create differences among the coalition partners,'' he added.


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