Srinagar: National Conference (NC) leader and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah have admitted that his party has made a mistake by not contesting panchayat elections. Farooq Abdullah was present at the parliamentary liaison program held in Srinagar on Tuesday to strengthen parliamentary raj institutions.
Speaking at the event, Farooq Abdullah said, "I regret that the National Conference did not participate in the Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The party should have participated in this election. The former CM also said that a government will come to power in Jammu and Kashmir soon and thereafter accountability of officials towards Awam will also be fixed. The National Conference boycotted the Panchayat elections held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018. The party had also boycotted the block development council elections in 2019 after the abolition of special statehood from Jammu and Kashmir."
Farooq Abdullah also expressed his views on the issue of terrorism at the event. Abdullah said, "We are still facing terrorism, God knows what will happen in the future. Therefore, it is most important that we pay special attention to the safety of panchayat members. Panchayat members are the first targets of terrorists.''