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J&K Cong wants rotation of CM

Jammu and Kashmir Congress wants the party high command to revise the terms of alliance with the National Conference (NC) and restore the rotational system for chief ministership.

, ET Bureau|
Dec 30, 2010, 01.27 AM IST
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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Congress wants the party high command to revise the terms of alliance with the National Conference (NC) and restore the rotational system for chief ministership.

“The NC holding the post of the chief minister is the biggest injustice to the Congress. I have taken up the issue with the party high command several times. I have been demanding that the chief minister’s post be rotated within the ruling alliance and the Congress should also be given three years’ term,” Congress veteran and former deputy chief minister Mangat Ram Sharma told a party gathering in Jammu.

The public meeting — part of the celebrations to commemorate 125 years of Congress’ foundation — was also attended by MP and CWC member Satyavrat Chaturvedi.

Congressmen spoke in detail about a number of issues, indicating that the party was an unequal partner in the alliance led by chief minister Omar Abdullah. They talked about the “indifferent attitude” of some cabinet ministers towards Congress workers and efforts against implementing 73rd amendment of the Constitution that empowers panchayati raj system.

“Alliance means equal share and representation to all partners so that issues are resolved amicably and without any confrontation,” MP Madan Lal told the gathering. “All the three regions of the state — Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh — have different problems and issues, and every region should be given due consideration.”

Under the earlier dispensation, PDP ruled J&K for three years following which Ghulam Nabi Azad took over. The Azad government, however, crumbled in the summer of 2008 in the wake of Amarnath land row when the PDP pulled out of the alliance.
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