31 July : Returning to work after two days of high drama, CM Omar Abdullah has said he was not looking for revenge as he reached out to the opposition for its cooperation in running the government.
“I am not a person to seek revenge but I will reach out to the opposition for cooperation in the larger interests of the people of J and K,” Omar told reporters on being asked about PDP allegation made in the assembly that he was involved in the 2006 sex scandal, a charge rubbished by him.
He resumed work a day after Governor N N Vohra rejected his resignation letter saying there was no basis for the allegation by PDP that he was involved in the sex scandal.
Omar had on Tuesday tendered his resignation to the Governor asking him to go into the allegation levelled by PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and accept his offer if there was any basis to the charge.
Dressed in a Pathani suit, Omar was greeted by dozens of his staff at the secretariat on Friday.
“I am not the one to dwell in the past. I look towards the future. I have never conducted myself or my politics with a view to extracting revenge and therefore what is done is done”.
The 39-year-old Chief Minister held his usual morning meeting with some of his cabinet colleagues and later chaired a cabinet meeting.
“I had to take a difficult decision in order to clear not only my own name but also to establish some respectability for politics and politicians in the J and K.”