October 2002 News

I have no moral right to continue as CM after midnight: Farooq

17 October 2002
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Caretaker Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah met Governor G.C. Saxena on Thursday and conveyed to him that he had no moral right to continue as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after midnight tonight. ''I have conveyed to the Governor that I cannot morally continue as Chief Minister after midnight tonight,'' Abdullah said at a hurriedly called press conference. Asked whether he was pushing the governor to the wall as he had extended time till October 21 for all political parties for formation of the next government, Abdullah said, ''I did what my conscience told me to do.'' ''After all, everyone has been saying that I want to be glued to the seat of power. Now when I am taking a moral stand, have I to be held responsible again,'' an emotional Abdullah said.


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