Farooq to leave NC presidency, elections next month

Farooq to leave NC presidency, elections next month

Srinagar: In a surprising development, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has decided to step down as the National Conference President.

The party will be conducting the election for the next chief in the first week of December. Till then Abdullah will continue to lead the party.

A party spokesman said Abdullah informed his colleagues of his decision to step down.

“In spite of the best efforts of senior colleagues, Dr Sahib was adamant that he wouldn’t review his decision,” he added.

“In light of this sudden announcement which has caught everyone by surprise, the party General Secretary, as per the party constitution, has been tasked with conducting the election for party President which will be completed on December 5. Until that time Dr Sahib continues as President of the party,” the spokesman said.

Party sources said Abdullah made the announcement during a party meeting of in-charge segments, District Presidents and other provincial office bearers here on Thursday.

In his speech, he asked the party leaders to take control of the party as his health doesn’t permit him to head the party. Party Vice President Omar Abdullah was also present in the meeting.


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