Ghulam Nabi Azad to resign

6 July 2008
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Nine days after PDP pulled out of the Congress-led coalition, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister today announced his resignation on the floor of the State Assembly, saying he did not want any horse-trading to take place. 59-year-old Azadís announcement to step down from the top post came after an emotionally-charged speech in the House during which he gave indications that it was his farewell address to the legislators. As he ended his 130-minute-long speech, Azad told a packed state assembly that he has requested Speaker Tara Chand to withdraw the confidence motion moved by him at the beginning of his speech. 'I do not wish to put my friends in trouble whose heart is somewhere else and their party whip is somewhere else,' Azad said. 'I am satisfied with my work. The motive I came with, I have largely achieved it. I donít care who will be the chief minister. I donít care whether the Government survives or falls... I have shown the way,' Azad said in his speech which highlighted his governmentís achievements during the last two- and-a-half years. PDP, led by former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, had on June 28 withdrawn support to the Azad-led Government on the Amarnath land transfer issue.