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Delhi nod to Omar exit

New Delhi, Dec. 23 (PTI): The resignation of Omar Abdullah as minister of state for external affairs has been accepted.

Omar’s resignation, submitted to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on October 14 following the National Conference’s defeat in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections, has been accepted by President A.P.J Abdul Kalam, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said tonight.

“The President on the advice of the Prime Minister is pleased to accept the resignation of Omar Abdullah, minister of state for external affairs, from the council of ministers,” it said.

“I am glad that finally my resignation has been accepted. Now my focus of attention shifts completely towards the people of my state,” Omar said.

Ahead of the Assembly elections, Omar, who took over as the National Conference president from his father Farooq Abdullah, had sought to relinquish his ministerial berth and concentrate on party work. But Vajpayee had asked him to stay on.

However, after the election debacle of the National Conference, Omar had insisted on the acceptance of his resignation.

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