Dr Farooq pitches for elections in JK

Dr Farooq pitches for elections in JK

Srinagar, Dec 19: As the Center has recommended President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir after the expiry of Governor’s rule today, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah once again pitched for elections in the state, saying the Governor and the President’s Rule must come to an end.
Talking to reporters at his Gupkar residence in Srinagar after two former legislators Basharat Bukhari and Peer Mohammad Hussain joined the NC, Abdullah said there should be elections in Jammu and Kashmir so that people will chose their representatives.
“I think Governor and the President’s Rule must come to an end. There should be elections and people must choose their representatives who can work,” Abdullah said.
On the grand alliance for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the former J&K chief minister said alliance was working and the states will hold a key in alliance formations in the elections.
“Alliances will be mostly in the states and those states will produce the results for the parliament. And that will make the difference. Some places there will be stronger alliance and some place there will be mix alliances but the states will be important factor,” he said.
On a question over the joining of other PDP members, Abdullah said anyone can join NC and for that the party has a ‘committee which handles such things.’
On Pulwama civilian killings Dr Farooq said that the army should have used water cannons or tear gas instead of bullets.
“The Army should have used water cannons or tear gas instead of bullets. People, who died, cannot come back. We hope the Army and police will not carry out such operations in the future,” the Member of Parliament from Srinagar Parliamentary constituency said.
“Violence will beget violence, the propensity of the situation calls for a reconciliation and rapprochement policy,” he said.
Abdullah made the remarks while welcoming the former ministers and senior PDP leaders Syed Basharat Bukhari and Peer Muhammad Hussain into the party fold.
Abdullah asserted that forces which have been contriving to divide the people of state will tend to use money power to disembark us from the path of unity.
“The need of the hour is to maintain unity so that we are able to put up a strong front for the cause of state and our people,” he said