Jammu: Union Minister and NC chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said he did not see anything wrong in J&K Congress Minister Peerzada M Sayeed submitting his resignation to Sonia Gandhi following the exam scandal involving his step son but indicated that the issue was not yet over.

"In coalition government, the President of the Congress party is the one who cleared the list of the ministers that joined the coalition government,--and therefore Peerzada was within his right to send his resignation to Sonia Gandhi,"

Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a one-day provincial convention of the party here.
He was replying to questions about Peerzada submitting his resignation to Gandhi rather than Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

"There is nothing wrong in it," the National Conference President said.

Peerzada had resigned after a report by the Crime Branch indicted his step son for using unfair means in a Class X exam in Jammu and Kashmir. Subsequently, the minister was divested of his Education portfolio.

Asked about Peerzada's statement that Gandhi had not accepted his resignation, Abdullah said, "I do not know what really she has done.

"I cannot speak on behalf of Sonia Gandhi. I do not think Peerzada has right to speak on behalf of her. When Sonia Gandhi says something, it will come through her own office-then all of us will know what she had decided," he said.

"Finally, coalition depends on two parties and I do not think it was wrong to send resignation to her. It is for her to decide as Congress President what to do--I am sure that reports must have also been sent to her," Abdullah said.

"As of now, as soon as she is free from elections in the country. She would sit down and see what the right thing to do. Leave the decision to her," he said.

To another question, Abdullah said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah are committed to completely wipe out corruption.

"We must see that there should be no stimulation to corruption in the state," he said, adding Peerzada had been stripped of the Education portfolio.

Asked about the notices to Omar Abdullah, his advisors and others by the State Accountability Commission (SAC) on the issue of alleged illegal appointments, Abdullah said that Jammu and Kashmir government would explain its position before the Commission.

"The State government will explain its position before the Station Accountability Commission.... The law should take its own course--that is all I have to say on this," the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy said.

Abdullah said that NC was geared up for holding party elections and the process had begun in this direction.

Referring to another question about delay in construction of cricket stadium in Jammu, Abdullah said that the foundation of the stadium would be done in next two to three weeks and all hurdles have been cleared.

(Agencies)