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Farooq rules out any alliance in LA elections

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KATRA: Ruling out any alliance in the ensuing elections to Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday said if voted to power, his party will grant regional autonomy to various regions of the State.

“National Conference has already formulated a blue-print in this regard, which will be top on the agenda of our government”, Dr Farooq Abdullah said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here this afternoon.

Flanked by Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, the National Conference chief said Jammu and Kashmir is a unique state that needs special dispensation in terms of autonomy to different regions to satiate urges and aspiration of the people. He said a major ground work has been done in this regard between 1996 and 2000 with avowed objective of empowering the people at grass roots level and enabling them to take decisions as per their regional priorities.

“Such a mechanism will further strengthen the regional unity, which is imperative for the singular entity of Jammu and Kashmir”, Dr Farooq Abdullah said, hoping this will not only help in decentralization of powers but enhance the spirit of participatory decision making.

To a question, Dr Farooq Abdullah said that National Conference will not forge any alliance with any political party in the ensuing elections and exuded confidence about massive mandate from the people, who have realized the crucial need of strong and stable government in the state to meet various challenges. He said the government on crutches cannot deliver, which has been proven many a times.

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