Cong High Command Takes Strong Exception To Rumours Of Rotational CM25 December 2011
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: The Congress (I) high command has taken very strong exception to a Minister and section of members of the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) creating uncertainty by floating rumours on rotational Chief Ministership in Jammu and Kashmir. The Congress, a major coalition partner in Omar Abdullah-led Government, has made it categorically clear several times that as per the understanding reached between National Conference and Congress before formation of the Government, Omar Abdullah would continue to head the Government for full term of six years. However, according to the authoritative sources, there would be reshuffle of portfolio of the Congress Ministers and two new faces of Congress would be added to the Council of Ministry in the third week of January next year. One would be of Cabinet rank in place of MLA Inderwal G M Saroori, who had to give up Ministry following MBBS-BDS impersonation scam, the second would be Minister of State. Congress high command while taking serious view of the rumours about rotational Chief Ministership after completion of three years of the Coalition Government, has made it very clear that there is no question of changing the head of the Government after January 5, 2012. The party high command has also reviewed the performance of the Congress Ministers during the past three years and this would be kept in view while making reshuffle of portfolio in third week of January next. All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary and Incharge J&K, Mohan Parkash will visit Jammu in the third week of January to ensure reshuffle of portfolio and expansion of the Ministry. The party high command has also taken serious note of the fact that most of the Congress Ministers in Jammu and Kashmir were concentrating only in their Assembly constituencies and not attending to the problems of the people and party workers from other areas. The high command was surprised that when there is vacuum in the Jammu region due to disqualification of six Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs and expulsion of another by the party for cross voting during the MLC elections and there is wide-spread resentment against the saffron party, the Congress Ministers instead of cashing on the situation were busy in leg pulling of each other and every Minister is speaking openly against each other. Sources said that because of Health Minister, Sham Lal Sharmaís affair including the publication of SSP Jammuís report and High Courtís stay in investigation of FIR on the land dispute the Congress party has suffered damage very badly. They said that party high command has taken very serious note of these developments and replacement of Sham Lal Sharma from the Council of Ministry is imminent. The names of Congress leaders-Ravinder Sharma, MLC and Abdul Majid Wani, MLA Doda are doing the rounds. While Ravinder Sharma would be included as Minister of State, Majid Wani would be full fledged Cabinet Minister to fill the vacancy caused by the ouster of Saroori from the Ministry. Meanwhile, president Pradesh Congress Committee and Member Parliament, Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz has contradicted the story filed by Kishtwar based reporter of a local daily mentioning that seven MLAs-MLCs had tendered their resignations on the question of rotation of the Chief Ministership. Prof Soz, in a statement, said that he contacted the Kishtwar based reporter on phone and found that he was not serious about his job. The JKPCC president categorically stated that there is no question of any MLA-MLC or Minister having offered to resign on this question. 'It is only a figment of imagination of the reporter', he added. Our Jammu Correspondent adds: Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, in a statement, underscored the importance of Congress-NC Alliance which has together played vital role in ensuring the meaningful development of the State and welfare of the people. He said some forces are making futile exercises to weaken the alliance by spreading various kinds of rumours. He said, 'it is totally unimaginable and wrong that some congress MLAs, MLCs and five Ministers are resigning', adding 'decision of high command is acceptable to one and all'. The decision of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for constituting alliance between Congress and NC has proved one of the most effective and sagacious decision, he said, adding the alliance has jointly worked to usher the State towards peace, progress and prosperity. Therefore, there is no question of challenging the importance of this alliance. Deputy Chief Minister made it clear that any rumour or any propaganda which is being deliberately spread by vested interests should not be given any cognizance, adding Congress party is a strong institution and decision of high command is binding to one and all. Meanwhile, MLA Doda, Abdul Majeed Wani and MLA Inderwal, G M Saroori also rubbished the reports about the resignation of Congress MLAs. 'Conspiracies are being hatched by some vested interests. But they will fail in their attempts,' they said.