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Conduct fresh polls if unable to be CM: Abdullah to Mehbooba

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Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has asked PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to recommend dissolution of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for conduct of fresh elections in the state if she is “unable or unwilling” to assume the responsibility as Chief Minister.

In an open letter to Mehbooba Mufti, the National Conference leader said “to dilly-dally is the biggest disservice you can do” to people of the state as they should not be denied an elected government.

“If you are unable or unwilling to assume the responsibilities that are being placed on your shoulders, then you must do your duty to the people, recommend to His Excellency The Governor to dissolve the Assembly, and let the people make a fresh decision in an election,” he said.

Omar said Mehbooba’s reluctance to step up and take charge meant that in less than a year, the state had to be placed under central rule again.

“No state should be denied an elected government, but I took some consolation from the belief, alas mistaken, that central rule would be a short-lived affair and you would take over after the four days of mourning,” he said.

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