Former IAS officer Shah Faesal announces launch of political party


Srinagar: Former Indian Administrative Service Officer Shah Faesal on Monday announced that he is launching his own political party, NDTV reported. Faesal said he has applied to the Election Commission of India to register it.

“I want to participate in elections… We are not going to join any existing party, we are going to start our own party,” he told NDTV during an interview.

Faesal said he could not reveal the party’s name since it needs the poll body’s approval.

“I have filed the representation there [Election Commission],” he said. “So I will need some more time before I can reveal the name.”

Earlier, Shah Faesal, said that he took the step to protest against the ‘unabated killings and lack of political outreach from New Delhi’ by resigning from his post.

Faesal, when asked that the ‘deep state might use him’, he replied that ‘he might end up using them.’

In a Facebook post, Faesal said, “To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union Government; the marginalization and invisiblization 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 J&K State and growing culture of intolerance and hate in the mainland India in the name of hypernationalism, I have decided to resign from Indian Administrative Service.”

Faesal said he wished to remind the regime of the day that subversion of public institutions like RBI, CBI and NIA has the potential to decimate the Constitutional edifice of this Country and it needs to be stopped.

“I wish to reiterate that voices of reason in this country cannot be muzzled for long and the environment of siege will need to end if we wish to usher in true democracy,” he said his Facebook post.

National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah welcomed him into the political fold.

On Thursday, Engineer Rashid offered him to join his party and said that he is ready to work with all those who speak about the sentiments and sacrifices of Kashmiris.

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