Srinagar, Oct 6 : The National Conference (NC) delegation on Sunday met party vice-president Omar Abdullah, under detention since August 5, and stated that the party would remain away from coming Block Development Council (BDC) elections.
The delegation said the election mandate had to be signed by party president Farooq Abdullah, who was detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) since last month.
NC provisional president for Jammu Devender Rana led a 15-member delegation and met Farooq and Abdullah here, a day after Governor Satya Pal Malik allowed the meeting. The delegation flew into Srinagar from Jammu early on Sunday to meet the two former chief ministers.
Farooq is under detention at his Srinagar residence while his son Abdullah is lodged at a state guest house.
On whether NC will fight the upcoming BDC elections, Rana said, "Even if we want to contest the BDC elections, the 380 panchayats that exist, the mandate has to signed by party president Farooq Abdullah, who has been unfortunately detained under PSA.
“Let them be released first and then the working committee of the party will meet and formulate a strategy,” he added.
The NC leader said if the political process had to start, then mainstream leaders had to be released.
Raina said that the father-son duo was well and in high spirits though pained by the detention of the people, lockdown and overall developments in the state. “We are happy that they are both well and in high spirits. Of course, they are pained by the detention, lockdown and overall developments in the state,” Raina told reporters after meeting Dr Farooq.(UNI)