Ganderbal: Ahead of the all-party meeting on panchayat elections, National Conference president and Member of Parliament Farooq Abdullah on Saturday raised questions over the feasibility of holding the elections in the fragile political situation in the Valley.
Abdullah said that the current atmosphere was not conducive for holding panchayat polls.
“If the government is unable to conduct parliamentary elections in the single seat of Anantnag, how can it conduct panchayat elections in the entire state?” Farooq told reporters in Ganderbal.
He also appealed to the state and government of India to speed up the construction work of Z-Morh and Zojila Tunnels on the Srinagar-Leh highway. He said measures should be taken to make Sonamarg and Ladakh regions motarable round the year
“I will go to the Parliament and will raise the issue, along with the issues of employment and other benefits for the locals in the execution of both the tunnels,” Farooq said.
The former chief minister was in Ganderbal to visit the residence of late Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf, the National Conference Block President for Gund, who passed away last month.
He offered condolences to the family along with acting NC Block President Gund, Sheikh Mehraj ud Din, who is the son of the deceased Sheikh Mohammed Yousuf.
Farooq was accompanied by MLA Kangan, Mian Altaf Ahmad, and political advisor to Omar Abdullah, Tanvir Sadiq.