September 2006 News

J&K May Scrap Dy CM Post

3 September 2006
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: As one of the compromise formulas between the PDP and Congress, the post of a deputy chief minister may be altogether abolished in Jammu and Kashmir, to accelerate smooth functioning of the coalition government. After Muzaffar Hussain Baig's removal from the post of deputy chief minister, it seems the coalition is here to stay. It is for this reason that the PDP is silent on nominating a new deputy chief minister and has communicated to Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad that Abdul Aziz Zargar will replace Baig as the leader of the legislature party. Sources in the PDP said that it might not opt for the decorative post of deputy chief minister for any of the ministers, as it would mean another power centre in the PDP along with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti. Baig is a bitter man today for he feels that he had come to politics with a mission which some people did not like and he has been made a victim of conspiracies. 'Yes I am a victim of conspiracy,' he told Hindustan Times. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti declared that there was no crisis vis--vis the coalition government or its stability, and all what had happened was the outcome of Baig 'pushing the party to the wall'. She said the action against Baig was taken with a 'heavy heart'.


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