Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah Friday said he did not expect anything at all to come out of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Kashmir Valley.
“I have no expectation at all. He will come, he will meet as he had done before. He led a delegation of MPs (earlier). What happened to that delegation and their recommendations? Nothing happened and I expect nothing to happen now,” said Abdullah, the president of the opposition National Conference.
He was talking to reporters after a visit to Naseembagh mausoleum of his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his 35th death anniversary.
During his four-day visit beginning tomorrow, Singh will travel to Srinagar, Anantnag, Jammu and Rajouri and meet civil society members, leaders of political and social outfits, business leaders and others, a move seen as a follow-up to the prime minister’s Independence Day speech in which he had reached out to the people of the valley.
On the steps taken by his National Conference for defending Article 35A of the Constitution which has been challenged by an NGO before the Supreme Court, the Lok Sabha member from Srinagar said his party had already prepared a team of lawyers for this purpose.
“I have also spoken to the lawyer. We will have a good representation of lawyers who will defend Article 35A,” he said.
Article 35A provides special rights to permanent citizens of the state. PTI