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Peerzada within right to send resignation to Cong chief: Farooq

Union minister and NC chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said he did not see anything wrong in J&K Congress minister Peerzada M Sayeed submitting his resignation to Sonia Gandhi following the exam scandal involving his step son but indicated that the issue was not yet over.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2012 19:42 IST

Union minister and NC chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said he did not see anything wrong in J&K Congress minister Peerzada M Sayeed submitting his resignation to Sonia Gandhi following the exam scandal involving his step son but indicated that the issue was not yet over.

"In coalition government, the President of the Congress party is the one who cleared the list of the ministers that joined the coalition government--and therefore Peerzada was within his right to send his resignation to Sonia Gandhi," Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a one-day provincial convention of the party here.

He was replying to questions about Peerzada submitting his resignation to Gandhi rather than Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

"There is nothing wrong in it," the National Conference president said.

Peerzada had resigned after a report by the Crime Branch indicted his step son for using unfair means in a Class X exam in Jammu and Kashmir. Subsequently, the minister was divested of his Education portfolio.

Asked about Peerzada's statement that Gandhi had not accepted his resignation, Abdullah said, "I do not know what really she has done.

"I cannot speak on behalf of Sonia Gandhi. I do not think Peerzada has right to speak on behalf of her. When Sonia Gandhi says something, it will come through her own office --then all of us will known what she had decided," he said.

"Finally, coalition depends on two parties and I do not think it was wrong to send resignation to her. It is for her to decide as Congress President what to do--I am sure that reports must have also been sent to her," Abdullah said.

"As of now, as soon as she is free from elections in the country. She would sit down and see what is the right thing to do. Leave the decision to her," he said.