A team of National Conference (NC) leaders on Sunday met former chief minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah at his residence in Srinagar. The delegation also met NC vice-president Omar Abdullah at Hari Nivas.
Soon after the permission was granted by the Jammu and Kashmir administration to the National Conference leaders, the delegation met senior Abdullah and his wife.
National Conference leaders in Jammu had urged the Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday to allow a delegation to meet the party President, Farooq Abdullah and Vice-President, Omar Abdullah.
A delegation of 15 members headed by Devender Singh Rana, Provincial President, including former NC legislators left Jammu by an Indigo flight early on Sunday for the meeting.
“We are happy that they are both well and in high spirits, of course they are pained by the developments in the state. If the political process has to start then mainstream leaders have to be released,” Rana said after meeting the leaders, news agency ANI reported.
Earlier, on Wednesday, restrictions on Rana and a dozen other opposition leaders were lifted. A day after, Rana asked the Governor to allow NC delegation to meet the Abdullahs.
The delegation earlier said that the point of discussion will be restricted to the prevailing situation in Kashmir, following the abrogation of Article 370 of Constitution on August 5. But it’s widely believed that the upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) election too must have been during the talks.
The two leaders told NDTV that the party would not participate in the elections for the Block Development Council because the “entire leadership is in jail”.
Ever since India axed Article 370 of the Constitution, both the leaders are under detention. Farooq Abdullah has been placed under arrest under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA).