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Farooq Abdullah in his first speech after taking over as the NC president for another three years term, asserted that his son and former CM Omar Abdullah would have to contest the Assembly polls.
Speaking at the event, the octogenarian said boycotting the panchayat polls in 2018 was "a huge mistake" and the party must contest every future election in Jammu and Kashmir.
It is a change of strategy on the part of senior Abdullah, who had last contested Assembly elections in J&K in 2008.
"Insha Allah, I am going to fight the next Assembly elections whenever held (in J&K)," Abdullah told reporters here on the sidelines of a function organised to welcome new entrants into the party.
There is widespread speculation that 85-year-old Abdullah will assume the role of party patron and his son Omar Abdullah, currently the party's vice-president, is likely to succeed him.
He said in this nation, everyone has the fundamental right to freedom of expression as envisaged by the founders of the Constitution.
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National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said had the situation been improved on the ground, another innocent Kashmiri pandit would not have been killed.
The former Union minister, however, said that the people of J-K will also have to play their role by registering and subsequently coming out in large numbers to vote, whenever elections are held.
On August 5, 2019, the BJP-led central government revoked Article 370 of the constitution guaranteeing special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating it into two Union Territories.
PAGD chairperson and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah announced the decision on the formation of the committee after chairing the over three-hour meeting.
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The former prime minister and JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda, SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal and Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik have also been invited to the rally.
Abdullah expressed hope that the Congress high command also sees to the spate of resignations in the party and the banner of revolt by the G-23 leaders.
His remarks come a day after the provincial committee of the National Conference resolved to contest all 90 seats and not in alliance with other members of the Gupkar alliance.
Political parties claimed the administration has not addressed their main concern on whether ''outsiders'' ordinarily residing in J-K will be allowed to enroll as voters.
AICC in-charge Jammu and Kashmir Rajini Patil alleged that the move to allow non-locals to vote in J-K was illegal and said the Congress would attend the all-party meeting convened by NC.
NC spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said Abdullah has spoken to the mainstream political parties in the Union Territory and invited them to join the meeting.
The 85-year-old MP from Srinagar is recovering well and has self-isolated at home.
The supplementary charge sheet was preceded by three provisional attachment orders where movable as well as immovable assets to the extent of `21.55 crore belonging to the accused were attached.
The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets belonging to Abdullah and others worth Rs 21.55 crore under three separate orders issued by it in the past.