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Omar resigns

New Delhi, Oct. 14: Omar Abdullah today put in his papers as minister of state for external affairs.

Omar, whose National Conference was drubbed in the elections, said he was “needed more” in Jammu and Kashmir but made it clear his party would remain with the NDA and continue to be part of the government.

However, his second assurance to the Prime Minister at their meeting has become the subject of speculation. Official quarters were left wondering if his father, Farooq, would replace him at the Centre or whether the NC would send a new representative.

The Prime Minister will consult his colleagues before accepting the resignation.

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