‘Will grant autonomy to various regions’

Farooq rules out pre-poll alliance

Katra, Publish Date: Dec 8 2018 12:32AM | Updated Date: Dec 8 2018 12:32AM
‘Will grant autonomy to various regions’File Photo

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said on Friday that his party will not enter into a pre-poll alliance with any party in the upcoming Assembly elections, and if voted to power, the party will grant autonomy to various regions of the state.

The NC has formulated a blueprint for regional autonomy, which will be top on the agenda of “our government”, Farooq said on the sidelines of a function.

Flanked by NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana, Farooq said Jammu and Kashmir is a unique state that needs special dispensation in terms of autonomy to different regions so as to fulfil aspirations of the people of those regions.

He said the major ground work has been done in this regard between 1996 and 2000, with “an avowed objective of empowering the people at the grassroots level and enabling them to take decisions as per their regional priorities”.

 “Such a mechanism under the overall superintendence of the state government will further strengthen the regional unity, which is imperative for the singular entity of Jammu and Kashmir,” Farooq said.

He hoped that such a mechanism will not only help in decentralisation of powers but enhance the spirit of participatory decision making.

“In fact,” he said, “devolving power to people is the political philosophy of National Conference which firmly believes people as real fountainhead of power.”

He said the regional autonomy would build mutual trust between the people and result in harmonious growth of the state, with people getting equal opportunities of progress and development.

To a question, Farooq said that National Conference will not forge any alliance with any political party in the ensuing elections and exuded confidence that his party would get a massive mandate from the people who have realised the crucial need for a strong and stable government in the state.

He said a government on crutches cannot deliver, which “has been proven many a time”.


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