Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said he had no regrets over his decision to resign and that he had laid foundation for a "corruption-free and militancy-free state."
"Now I can sleep more than four hours," the 59-year-old Azad told PTI after submitting his resignation to Governor N N Vohra.
Making it clear that he was going to stay in the state and steer his party to victory in the forthcoming elections, Azad said, "I have done as much as I could do for the people of the state...I am satisfied with my stay."
Asked why he did not seek a confidence vote, Azad said "I brought the anti-defection law into the state and now I never wanted to indulge in horse trading myself."
"I have laid the foundation for a corrupt and peaceful Jammu and Kashmir and I hope that it will continue to remain so," Azad said.
The senior Congress leader maintained that there were MLAs from other parties who wanted to support his Government.
"But going against the whips of their party would have tantamounted to horse-trading," he said.