NC delegation seeks release of Abdullahs before local polls

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Srinagar, Oct 6 The National Conference delegation met detained party President Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah and sought their release for the participation in the Block Development elections. Devender Singh Rana said “See, there is a complete lockdown.Let them (the leaders) be released, then the working committee of the party will meet and discuss and formulate a strategy for the future.”

The 15-member delegation was led by party’s provincial President for Jammu, Devender Singh Rana met Farooq Abdullah for the first time in 2 months after he has been put under detention since August 5 when the Central government abrogated Article 370. .

Farooq Abdullah, is under house arrest under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), came out of the Gupkar Road house to greet the delegation.

The senior leader flanked by his wife Molly waved to the reporters outside his residence, flashing victory signs.

Rana told reporters that for any political process to begin, the political leadership of the state must be released.”There is anger about the lockdown,” he said.

Rana said that his party appeals that for the revival of democracy in Jammu and Kashmir, “all leaders from mainstream and others groups without any criminal record should be released to initiate the political process and win the hearts and the minds of the people”. The delegation enquired about Farooq Abdullah’s health and discussed the situation after the revocation of Article 370 with him and Omar Abdullah.

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