New Delhi: Amid speculations of Shah Faesal will join the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference after his sudden resignation from the Indian Administrative Service, the former bureaucrat has declared that he is all set to launch his own political party, on March 17. He is seen travelling through different district in the Kashmir valley and trying to get like-minded individuals into the party. Among them is former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union vice-president Shehla Rashid, according to the media reports.
One report quoted a source close to Faesal, who said, “Shehla is going to join Shah Faesal, who is launching a new political party. She is getting a central position in the core team. She has been working closely with Faesal over the past few months and was involved in the decision-making process for the inception of the party.”
Shah Faesal was been in the limelight since he became the first Kashmiri to top the Union Public Service Commission exam in 2009. Faesal announced his resignation from the IAS because of – what he called – “the marginalization and initialization of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of the state and growing culture of intolerance and hate in ‘mainland India’ in the name of hypernationalism.”
Faesal will reportedly launch his party from Srinagar. After his resignation he had said that his “feedback from the ground” was against joining any existing political party and so he launched his own campaign, stating that he wanted to bring “a new vocabulary” to the politics of Jammu & Kashmir.