National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday promised that if voted to power in Jammu and Kashmir, his party will give autonomy to different regions of the state within 30 days of its forming the government.
“Aaj mein aap se ek wada yeh bhi karta hoon ki Allah Tala hakumat dega to pehley 30 din mein… hum log autonomy ka resolution layengey, regional autonomy jo ki logo ke dilon ko chuaegi (Today I promise you that if, by the grace of God, we come to power, we will bring the resolution of regional autonomy within 30 days which will touch people’s hearts),” Farooq said, welcoming former BJP MLA from R S Pura, Gagan Bhagat, to the party.
Farooq said the document on regional autonomy has been prepared, adding that it will meet the aspiration of people in all the regions of the state.
This is not the first time Farooq has promised autonomy to all the regions of the state. His promise is being seen as an attempt to woo voters in Jammu division’s predominantly Muslim inhabited areas adjoining the Kashmir Valley, where the NC had suffered setback at the hands of the BJP and the PDP during the 2014 Assembly elections.