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NC will emerge largest party if fair polls are held: Farooq Abdullah

Farooq Abdullah. File   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

National Conference (NC) president Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said his party “will sweep the upcoming elections in J&K and emerge as the largest party”.

“If there are fair elections in J&K, our party will sweep and win it. I am saying it with authority. The NC will emerge as the biggest party,” Dr. Abdullah stated.

Dr. Abdullah made the remarks on the sidelines of a function chaired by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla in Srinagar.

Mr. Birla is in the Valley as a part of the parliamentary outreach programme for the empowerment of panchayati raj institutions.

Referring to his party’s boycott of the panchayat polls in 2018, Dr. Abdullah said, “I regret it. The NC should have participated in the polls”.

J&K is without an elected government since 2018, when the BJP pulled out of the alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party. The Election Commission of India, which awaits the J&K delimitation commission report, is yet to announce any dates for polls in the Union Territory (UT).

Dr. Abdullah, also a Member of Parliament from Srinagar, highlighted the security issues of the elected sarpanchs and panchs. “We still face militancy and God knows what will happen in the future. Therefore, one of the most important things that we need to look after is the security of panchayat members,” he observed.

Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

He said there were chances of a fallout in the entire world of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. “Who knows if the U.S. would face more impact from the Taliban takeover. I can’t say, but yes, there will surely be an impact of the Afghan situation on the world,” he noted.

The five-time Chief Minister accused the officers in J&K of not attending to public grievances. “They are not even picking up calls. I’m telling them time is coming when there will be a govt and they will be held answerable for such actions,” he added.

Polls after delimitation exercise: LG

Speaking on the occasion, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his August 15 speech, made it clear that elections would be held after the delimitation exercise.

“PM Modi stated that the delimitation commission was working on a fast-track basis. Apart from that, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has already stated on the floor of the House that statehood will be granted to J&K at an appropriate time. As far as the dates of elections is concerned, it’s the prerogative of the Election Commission of India [ECI],” he stated.

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