National Conference (NC) leader Dr Farooq Abdullah said it was his party’s mistake not to participate in the Panchayat elections and that he regretted it. He attended the parliamentary outreach program for the empowerment of the Panchayati Raj institutions of Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar on Tuesday.
Farooq Abdullah told ANI news agency after the program that his party will participate in the next elections.
“Our party will not only participate in the elections, but it will win. If they hold fair elections, we will definitely win and the National Conference will emerge as the largest party,” he said.
“Covid-19 has brought a lot of devastation. It stopped trade. Also, the situation in our neighboring countries is not good. There is Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, how are their conditions now? As one of our neighbors say his condition is normal, then it is not,” he told the news agency about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on India and its neighboring countries.
On the issue of the valley’s security, he said: “The issue of security needs attention. If Panchayat, members of the District Development Council (DDC) want to work and move forward, then their security is extremely important. Five workers from BJP were killed; one of the Apna party was killed. God knows what will happen later.”
On the impact of the Taliban’s arrival in Afghanistan on Kashmir, he said: “The influence of the Taliban will be felt. Where it will fall, how much will fall on America, how much will fall on Russia, how much will fall on China. fall, I don’t know. And we’ll have to see how much impact it will have.”
On August 15, the Taliban entered the presidential palace in Kabul and declared victory over the government after months of violence.