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All J&K regions to figure in first swearing-in

Omar Abdullah will be sworn in as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister on Monday along with five ministers....

Omar Abdullah will be sworn in as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister on Monday along with five ministers,two from his National Conference and three from ally Congress. Since Omar has already clarified that his Cabinet will have 24 ministers,19 more ministers are expected to take oath in a couple of weeks.

The Congress,in an apparent move to show that it holds sway in all three regions of the state,will be inducting a minister from each region. “We aim to give proper representation to all three regions of the state from the very first day,” explained a senior leader.

While Tara Chand will represent Jammu,Leh MLA Rigzin Jora will make it to the Cabinet from Ladakh. Former PCC chief and Kokernag MLA Peerzada Mohammad Syed will represent Kashmir. Meanwhile,the Congress unanimously chose its senior most MLA Choudhary Aslam as its legislature party leader.

Indicating that it was difficult for the Centre to start talks with the Hurriyat Conference as election to the Lok Sabha was due in a short time,chief minister-elect Omar Abdullah on Sunday said as the head of a coalition Government he was willing to facilitate the talks.

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Omar was speaking to reporters after he was taken into a procession by his supporters to the party headquarters here.

“Let me,however,add that there is a rider to the talks and that is that the Government of India is facing elections and there can be no big ticket decision,” he said.

Meanwhile,Omar,who arrived in Jammu,said separatists had received a setback after the unprecedented participation of people in the Assembly elections and that his party had a clear priority of meeting the expectations of the people irrespective of regional and religious divide.

His statements came in sharp contrast to PDP’s first post-2002 election rally at Ganderbal where it addressed militants as its “brothers”.

Omar praised the Congress saying that there was never a break in the Farooq-Rajeev agreement earlier also. “It was that we told Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and V P Singh that Jagmohan should not be the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Otherwise,there was no strain with the Congress and even the Farooq-Rajiv agreement was not broken,” he said.

While seconding his son’s claim,Farooq Abdullah,who was also present on the occasion,said he would work for the peace of Jammu and Kashmir,adding that he would act as a bridge between India,Pakistan and separatists.

Omar said he would consult his allies over the delimitation of Assembly constituencies as the fresh delimitation has been frozen till 2026.

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“The Congress and NC alone can’t get the delimitation done. It requires a two/third majority,” he said.