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National Conference backs Omar on appointments


Jammu : The National Conference Saturday decided to back Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over “political appointments” that were flayed by the State Accountability Commission.

The ruling National Conference went into a huddle a day after the Commission, equivalent of Lokayukta, issued notice to Abdullah asking him to explain how the appointments were made in the state.

It said there was no sanction from the constitution for the appointments.

Among those who attended the meeting was National Conference president and central minister Farooq Abdullah, party sources said.

The appointments under question included those of Omar Abdullah’s two advisors, Mubarak Gul and Devender Singh Rana, and chairpersons of various government boards.

In all, nine people are affected by the notice given to the chief minister. The nine politicians, some of them non-legislators, were given status of cabinet minister and minister of state.

Abdullah has to reply to the notice March 5.