Omar Abdullah decides to step down as caretaker CM

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The political scenario  in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday took a turn with Omar Abdullah asking j&k governor to relieve him as caretaker chief minister, saying that state needs  a full-time administrator to deal with the present situation with Pakistan. He met the state governor N.N. Vohra in New Delhi last night soon after his return from London. I had agreed to stay temporarily,” Omar tweeted on Thursday. He was asked to continue as caretaker chief minister on 24 December after his resignation in the wake of defeat of his party, National Conference (NC), in the assembly poll on 23 December. He had assumed government formation would be a matter of week or 10 days. “Today we seem even further away from that goal than we were 10 days ago,” he said. “Given the situation on the border with 10,000 displaced, the hardships of winter & the continuing need for relief for flood affected, I believe the interests of the state will only be served by a full time administrator & not a caretaker with no mandate to government ,” he said in a series of tweets. He also needled arch-rival PDP  to say that it was for that party to “explain to the people that with 28 MLAs and offers of support from 2 other parties, why the state has central rule.” NC and Congress had offered support to PDP. The new Government is required to be constituted before 19 January when the term of the current assembly expires failing which governor’s rule looks inevitable. Omar’s decision means such a rule may have to be imposed earlier. The governor, according to the sources, will now be submitting a report to the President in which he may recommend a spell of governor’s rule to avert a constitutional breakdown.