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Will introduce autonomy resolution in assembly if NC voted to power with majority: Farooq Abdullah

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National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Thursday said that if his party is voted to power with absolute majority, he will introduce an autonomy resolution in the state assembly within a month.

Abdullah welcoming expelled former BJP MLA Gagan Bhagat into the party fold said, “If am blessed with good health by Allah and if we’re voted to power with absolute majority, I promise that I will make this happen (regional autonomy) within 30 days after assuming power.”

Bhagat joined the National Conference in the presence of party president and other leaders. He said that the document of regional autonomy is prepared so that every region of the State can get its rights. Abdullah said that the aspiration of people will be fulfilled by the National Conference government.

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“I am hopeful that we will make Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh a strong state where all the communities will remain united and contribute to the state,” he added. Welcoming Bhagat into the NC, Abdullah, who is also a member of Parliament from Srinagar, said, “Our party will work for the development of all the regions and all the faiths living in the State, be it Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs.”

Bhagat, the ex-BJP MLA from RS Pura Assembly Segment, was expelled from party after Supreme Court rejected his petition challenging the dissolution of Jammu & Kashmir Assembly by Governor SP Malik, earlier this month, calling it “unconstitutional and undemocratic”.

The apex court, however, dismissed his petition, saying there was no merit in the pleas filed by the former legislator.

Bhagat also accused the saffron party of being ‘anti-Dalit’ and alleged he was victimised for being one.

Meanwhile reacting over the statement by NC chief, Senior BJP leader and former Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta said, “Farooq Abdullah should be dreaming adding that there is nothing like autonomy.

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While speaking to Ground Report, Gupta said that Kashmir is internal part of India and “autonomy like statement are anti-national”. On assembly elections, he said BJP also demand early elections in the state. He added, “Until BJP is in center, there is nothing like Autonomy. People in Kashmir are free. They don’t need any kind of freedom.”

Gupta said, “Governor Administration is doing good work but elected government is important. BJP also demand early elections in Jammu and Kashmir.”