Azad resigns as J&K Chief Minister

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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has resigned as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir instead of seeking trust vote in the Assembly.

Azad met Governor N N Vohra to submit his resignation.

”I do not wish to put my friends in trouble whose heart is somewhere else and their party whip is somewhere else,” Azad said before driving to Raj Bhavan to tender his resignation.

Azad has said that he has no regrets over his decision to step down.

Congress has claimed that it has upheld the constitutional norms. It has blamed previous governor Lt General S K Sinha for the crisis.

Azad was to seek a vote of confidence in the state Assembly on Monday. He met state Governor N N Vohra in Srinagar late on Sunday night fuelling speculation in political circles.

The reason for the late night call was not clear. Azad was accompanied by state PCC President and Union Minister Saif-ud-din Soz.

Even after former coalition partner PDP pulled out of his government, Azad had maintained that he would be proving his majority on the floor of Assembly on Monday when the Governor asked him to seek his vote of confidence.

Earlier on Sunday, Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated the new assembly building in Srinagar, but the irony is that the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister is to lose his job on Monday after deciding to withdraw the trust vote. (With PTI inputs)

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