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J&K deputy CM walks out from Cabinet meet

Source: PTI
April 19, 2005 16:19 IST
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The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet meeting was Tuesday postponed after a walkout by Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma.

The walkout followed a verbal duel between him and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed over the use of 'improper' language by Sharma while conversing with Chief Secretary Sudhir Belloria.

The cabinet meeting has been postponed to April 22.

The meeting was to discuss a major administrative and police reshuffle in the state.

Sayeed termed Sharma's conversation with the chief secretary as 'improper.'

"You should not use such language with the chief secretary," Sayeed told Sharma in the presence of the entire cabinet and some top officials.

Sharma allegedly told Belloria 'kar do ji' (do it) instead of 'kar deejiye' while marking the agenda for the day.

Sayeed corrected him in front of the cabinet after which the deputy chief minister replied that he did not have to be taught how to deal with the bureaucracy.

When Sharma walked out, two ministers, including Social Welfare Minister Moula Ram, tried to persuade him to stay back.

The chief minister was quoted as saying, ''How can the government run amid this kind of indiscipline."

He suggested that Congress President Sonia Gandhi should be informed about the incident.

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