Theatrics dominated the proceedings of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly for the second day in succession on Tuesday, with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah storming out to tender his resignation to the state governor, but all too soon being persuaded by Governor N.N. Vohra to take it back. See related pics
On Monday too, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had created pandemonium within, with Mehbooba Mufti uprooting the mike from the Speaker’s table and flinging papers around. Sex, lies and MMS
It was the PDP again which sparked off the uproar on Tuesday, but this time Abdullah proved more than a match for them. PDP legislator Muzaffar Hussain Beigh stood up to claim the chief minister figured among those the CBI was investigating for their role in the infamous 2006 Srinagar sex scandal.
Several politicians, bureaucrats and police officers have already nailed.
Beigh, pulling a list from his pocket, read from it to say Abdullah was ‘Accused no 102’ in the CBI’s list of those being probed.
“It is a baseless accusation,” Abdullah responded at once. “But any person accused of such conduct is assumed to be guilty till proven non-guilty. I cannot live with this stigma. I’m going to submit my resignation. I’ll withdraw it only if my name is cleared.”
Governor Vohra, however, said he would decide about the resignation only after ascertaining all the facts, a Raj Bhavan spokesman said.
The PM and Congress chief also reportedly spoke to Abdullah asking him not to resign.