Says won’t resign
Srinagar: Asserting that the low voter turnout in the election that he won will not make him resign his Lok Sabha seat, National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah appealed to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and the President of India to dismiss the PDP-BJP government.
“I appeal to the Governor and the President of India to dismiss this government and impose Governor’s Rule to ease the tense situation. This will give some respite to the people of the state,” Abdullah told the media persons at Nawh-e-Subah complex in Srinagar. “Only then will people feel that the worst won’t be repeated.”
Abdullah reclaimed the Srinagar parliamentary constituency after having lost it in the previous election to the PDP’s Tariq Hameed Qarra, who quit the PDP and resigned from the Lok Sabha last year.
“There are rumours that Farooq Abdullah is going to resign if he wins. There is no truth in that. I am submitted to the party high command and everything will be decided by them,” Abdullah said.
On the low voter turnout, Abdullah said, “How does it matter? We have seen polls before also where hardly any voting percentage was there. But democracy has been here. What shall I tell those people who voted for me?”
He further said that the by-polls for Anantnag parliamentary seat should be held under Governor’s Rule as the Congress-NC alliance had no faith in the present government.
The NC president said he would be calling all the stakeholders in Kashmir to make a strategy that will be presented before New Delhi.
“Our effort would be to start dialogue with Pakistan. We have been telling New Delhi time and again that there is no way other than dialogue,” Abdullah said.
He said he was thankful to the people who risked their lives and voted for the NC. “The government failed to conduct a peaceful election. I have never seen such a bad situation during election,” Abdullah said.