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Press Trust Of India
Srinagar, January 05, 2013
Jammu and Kashmir government led by Omar Abdullah, completed four years in office on Saturday.

The government thanked the people for their support to put back the state on the path to peace, progress and prosperity.

"Thank you to the people of J&K for their faith, support and participation in moving the state towards a peaceful and prosperous future," Omar said.

"Four years ago, with hope in our hearts, we pledged to bring peace, prosperity and progress to the state. The journey has been long but we have moved forward because of you, the people of J&K," he said in advertisements carried by all major local dailies of the state.

The chief minister claimed that while the state has been transformed over the past four years and a lot has been achieved, a lot more has to be done in this direction.

"Today, four years on, we re-dedicate ourselves to reach greater heights," he added.

Omar became the first chief minister of the state in the past decade to hold the office for more than three years and is likely to complete six-year term in office.

Omar's father, union minister Farooq Abdullah, was the last chief minister in the state to last full term from 1996-2002.

Farooq's successors and Omar's predecessors Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed -- held the post for three years each from 2002 to 2008 as part of power sharing agreement between PDP and Congress.

Although Omar's National Conference is ruling the state in a coalition with Congress, the latter has foregone its claim to rotational chief ministership.