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Delimitation Panel’s recommendations has increased alienation in J&K: Dr Farooq Abdullah


SRINAGAR: National Conference chief and Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) chief Dr Farooq Abdullah Saturday said that Delimitation Commission’s fresh proposals has increased alienation in J&K and the Panel has worked in favour of BJP only under a “planned strategy.”

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of PAGD’s press conference at his Gupkar residence here, Dr Farooq said that the recommendations made by the Delimitation Commission are biased and whatever they have advocated has in fact increased the alienation across J&K.

“I see a larger plan in whatever Delimitation Panel has done. The commission has worked in favour of BJP as I foresee that the plan is to get a resolution passed in favour of Article 370 in the J&K assembly and then BJP will itself take the case to the court and claim victory,” Dr Farooq said. He said that the seats have been increased in a way to benefit BJP and to help the party sail through the elections.

“As far as NC is concerned, we will fight elections in any case,” he said. Asked whether PAGD would fight polls jointly, he said: “It was too premature to comment on this issue at this juncture. Let the elections come, many people will join us to fight polls,” he said.

On the Russia-Ukraine war, Dr Farooq said that he believes the ongoing battle between the two countries will engulf the entire world. “There will be inflation and oil prices will skyrocket,” the NC chief said as per KNO. He said that war never helps anyone and he hoped that better sense prevails.

Asked how he sees India’s decision of abstaining from voting in UNSC on Russia-Ukraine war issue, he said: “Since he is not a member of UNSC, it won’t suit him to reply to the query. The Indian representative in UNSC would be the best person to reply on this.”— (KNO)


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