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Omar to step down as National Conference Chief; Farooq to be care-taker President

india Updated: Jan 10, 2009 20:34 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will resign soon as National Conference President, paving the way for his father Farooq Abdullah to take over the reins of the party as care-taker President. Sources in the party said Omar would be submitting his resignation soon to the party High Command after which senior Abdullah, who is the patron of the party, would be asked to take over the reins till an election for the same was held by the Working Group of National Conference. In all likelihood, Farooq Abdullah will be a unanimous choice as the new party President, the sources said, adding the General Secretary of the party Sheikh Nazir may be eased out from the post in view of his ill health. Earlier addressing party workers, Farooq Abdullah said his son Omar had tremendous responsibilities as Chief Minister and it was necessary to relieve him of organisational work. "Omar has the giagantic task of taking Jammu and Kashmir on the road to development and progress. Therefore, it is imperative to relieve him of responsibilities relating to the party work," he said.

The former chief minister exhorted them to strengthen the party at the grassroot level in view of the upcoming battle of the ballot for Lok Sabha.

"Wherever our party has failed in the recent assembly election, we have to know the reasons to prepare ourselves for the next examination (Parliamentary election)," Abdullah said. He said the new government was serious to initiate a dialogue between the Centre and the separatists to strengthen the peace process in the state.