SUHAIL A SHAH
ANANTNAG: National Conference (NC) patron and Member of Parliament (MP) Farooq Abdullah said on Saturday that his party was ready for elections, both for the assembly and to the Panchayats.
“National Conference does not need preparation for the elections. We are always ready for elections,” Abdullah said while talking to reporters here in Bijbehara town of South Kashmir.
He was visiting the bereaved family of a doctor who died recently. Farooq was accompanied by senior party leaders including Ali Muhammad Sagar and Mustafa Kamal.
Abdullah was asked about claims of forming government post-Amarnath Yatra by some BJP leader, to which the NC patron said, “We will see.”
“No matter how many experiments (on government formation) are carried out here, there is no alternative to the elections,” he said, “Elections are imperative, be it the assembly elections or the Panchayat elections.”
Asked by reporters whether the NC was ready for the elections, the former chief minister said that his party was always ready.
“I have even conveyed to the Governor that Panchayat elections should be conducted,” he said.
He however did not comment on the “dwindling base” of the Peoples’ Democratic Party in South Kashmir and whether it was going to benefit the NC or not.
Abdullah also asserted that militancy in Kashmir would keep growing unless India and Pakistan talked to each other.