Faesal to launch political party on Sunday

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/15/2019 12:13:17 PM

SRINAGAR, Mar 14: IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal who quit the service earlier this year is all set to launch his new political party in Kashmir on Sunday which will contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
"Yes, launching it (party) on Sunday. Name will be revealed soon," Faeasl told media.
"The party is looking forward to contesting the Parliamentary elections," said Faesal, clearing the air of speculation surrounding the former IAS topper's next move in the politics of state.
Faesal has earlier described himself as an "addition" to the existing politics, and "not an alternative".
When asked whether student leader Shehla Rashid's is working with his party, he said, "she can answer that".
Reports, however, said Rashid will join the party on Sunday but there is no clarity on whether the party will field her as a candidate in the Lok Sabha elections.
In January Faesal, a 2010 UPSC topper, resigned from the services to "protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the union government".
Faesal became an overnight sensation in the Valley in 2010 when he was declared as the topper of the prestigious All India Services examination of the UPSC.
After his resignation from government service, there was speculation that Faesal will join the Farooq Abdullah-led National Conference even as he said he would like to join a political party that would respect his freedom of speech.
Later, however, he declared that he will not join any existing political party in the state.

 

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