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Delimitation method adopted is not in tandem with procedure: Farooq says NC would continue to fight for people’s rights

Asserting that the delimitation method adopted is not in tandem with the procedure, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said his party would continue with its fight for the restoration of the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

He also exhorted the NC cadre to further strengthen its rank and file to meet the challenges before the Union Territory unitedly and by upholding the cherished philosophy of communal and regional amity.

“We will uphold the interests of the people at all costs in every forum,” Abdullah said while addressing the NC functionaries of Jammu virtually, adding that the political issues post-August 5, 2019 (the day the Centre abrogated the provisions of Article 370 and bifurcated the erstwhile state into Union territories) have been challenged by the party in the Supreme Court.

The meeting in which wide-ranging issues were discussed lasted for eight hours. NC vice president Omar Abdullah also participated in the deliberations, a party spokesperson said.

Asserting that the NC is not against the delimitation process in Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah said, “The method adopted, however, is not in tandem with the procedure.” The Member of Parliament from Srinagar dwelt upon various issues flagged by the party functionaries and shared the concerns over road connectivity, especially the smooth functioning of the Mughal Road that connects the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu with Shopian district in south Kashmir.

“This link is very vital between the two regions as the national highway between Jammu and Srinagar is over-stressed and cannot hold the pressure of such a massive vehicular movement,” he said.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the railway connectivity between Jammu-Poonch and Jammu-Kishtwar is of paramount importance, which has already been taken up by the NC in Parliament.

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