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Farooq proposes Omar as IHK CM

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SRINAGAR: Clearing all confusion, National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that he would recommend his party that his son Omar Abdullah should be the new Chief Minister of Indian held Jammu and Kashmir.

“The time has now come. I will recommend to the party that it should consider Omar Abdullah for the Chief Minister’s slot. I thought over the issue during the night,” he said.

Now the state should have a younger Chief Minister because there are a lot of things to do, the 72-year-old leader said.

However, Omar said that the informal contacts have been established with the Indian National Congress and that he would now go to Delhi and talk to Congress leaders seeking their help to form the government.

“A decision has been taken that my name will be put forward at the Legislature Party meeting of National Conference for the post of Chief Minister,”

Omar told reporters after emerging from his father’s residence.

He said there should be no difficulty for holding talks with Congress and seeking its support. The veteran NC leader said he would concentrate on national politics and also help strengthen the party.
Omar said the senior Abdullah would visit Delhi soon to formally begin talks on formation of an alliance. NC bagged 28 seats in the 87-member held Kashmir assembly with Congress notching up 17.-SANA

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