Farooq Abdullah, president of the National Conference and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, will not stand in the party chairman elections scheduled for December 5. However, he denied reports that he had resigned as current party chairman.
Abdullah said he will continue to lead the party and the new leadership, but he wants to see a change in the party.
“I want a young person to lead the party. I am now 86 years old. Let the young leadership take over the responsibility,” he said.
Farooq Abdullah has been President of the National Conference since August 1981. In June 2002, he was replaced by son Omar Abdullah. However, in 2006, senior Abdullah took over the top party post again.
Abdullah said he will continue to lead the Gupkar Alliance, an amalgam of regional parties fighting to restore the special status and sovereignty of Jammu and Akshmir.
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