Angry Cong Sacks Defiant Saroori26 August 2010
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Governor N N Vohra accepted the J&K CM Omar Abdullahís recommendation to dismiss Ghulam Mohammad Saroori from his council of ministers. As per the official spokesman, the charge of the Public Works Department will be with the CM. Omar Abdullah on Thursday recommended the dismissal of Roads and Buildings and Mechanical Department Minister, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori from the council of ministers after Congress high command wrote to him for his withdrawal. Saroori has been embroiled in controversy ever since his daughter was accused of using an impersonator during a medical entrance exam in Jammu. On Wednesday, Minister of State in PMO and the All India Congress Committee general secretary, Prithviraj Chavan had asked Saroori to step down from his post in order for a CBI probe to be conducted into the impersonation racket. Instead of stepping down, Saroori left for Saudi Arabia for Umrah pilgrimage. Annoyed with the ministerís attitude, the Congress high command on Thursday morning shot a letter to Omar Abdullah seeking withdrawal of G M Saroori from the council of ministers. Highly placed sources told The Indian Express that the party high command got annoyed with Saroori for defying the party diktat and not seeking consent from the party and the chief minister before leaving. In Srinagar, Saroori's office had issued a statement that he was never asked by the party high command to resign. Though Saroori had denied his involvement in the impersonation racket, police has arrested seven persons including two girls in the case.