Lone should do whatever he can, says Farooq on his FIR remarks


Katra: National Conference (NC) President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday downplayed the remarks of People’s Conference chief Sajad Gani Lone on registering an FIR against him for his role in the alleged rigging of the 1987 Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls and said “he should do whatever he feels”.
Lone on Wednesday said a case against NC president Farooq Abdullah and others for their role in the alleged rigging of the polls will be the biggest confidence-building measure towards Kashmiris. “As far as 1987 is concerned, I strongly believe that even today, the biggest CBM (confidence-building measure) towards Kashmiris will be an FIR in which Farooq saheb, Congress leaders and bureaucrats are named for rigging the election,” Lone told reporters in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday.
“I understand what you are saying. I have heard this. As per his will, Lone saheb should do whatever he can,” Abdullah said replying to a question on Lone’s remarks.
Responding to another question on PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s remarks on contesting elections in Kashmir, he said, “Can I stop anyone from contesting elections? It is a free country. Any one can contest.”
Dr Abdullah was on a campaign trail in support of Congress candidate Raman Bhalla as part of the INDIA bloc.
Meanwhile, Farooq Abdullah downplayed the differences between his party and the People’s Democratic Party over a seat-share arrangement in the Kashmir Valley and exuded confidence of winning from Anantnag-Rajouri in the Lok Sabha elections.
Abdullah’s comment came after People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said the National Conference left her party with no option but to contest on three Lok Sabha seats, including Anantnag-Rajouri, in Kashmir.
The People’s Democratic Party and the National Conference are both constituents of the opposition INDIA bloc.
“I am not the owner of the People’s Democratic Party. Please go and ask them,” Abdullah said when asked about Mehbooba’s remarks.
Replying to another question about the National Conference’s fate in Anantnag-Rajouri after Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Democratic Progressive Azad Party chief and former chief minister of the erstwhile state, threw his hat in the ring, Abdullah said, “Inshallah, we will win. I will give it to you in writing.”
Abdullah on Wednesday chaired a meeting of National Conference workers the in Ramban district.
He also campaigned for the Congress candidate in the Udhampur-Kathua seat, saying, “We are standing strong in favour of the INDIA block to save the Constitution of India”.
Calling the Lok Sabha elections a ”collective fight” to protect India’s Constitution and unity, he said, “They (BJP) want to scrap the Constitution of India on one side. On the other side are people who have put their lives at stake to save the Constitution. It is our collective fight to save India.”

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