Speculations about former IAS officer Shah Faesal joining the National Conference or any other political party in Jammu and Kashmir fell flat on Wednesday when he launched a crowd-funding campaign for “clean politics and corruption-free administration” in Jammu and Kashmir.

He hinted at launching his own party by describing his initiative as “a people’s movement for a change”. The 2010 batch, Faesal had recently quit from IAS protesting against “unabated killings in Kashmir”. He also alleged that the public institutions—CBI, RBI, and NIA–were being subverted.

The 35-year-old IAS topper, Faesal in his tweet appealed for “small donations”.

In his tweet, he said; “It is a people’s movement for a change. Be a part of this journey for clean politics and corruption free administration in J&K. Support Shah Faesal with your small donations”.

He shared a bank account number and other quick pay accounts for making donations.

After resigning, Faesal had said that he would consult the cross section of society, particularly the youth, before taking any further step.

By calling for clean politics and corruption-free administration, Faesal has tried to touch the issue that was most worrisome in J&K. Successive governments have failed to tackle the issue of rampant corruption. Common people had pinned hopes on corruption being eradicated during the PDP—BJP regime as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his election campaign, had laid stress on the issue.

However, the issue was virtually swept under the carpet during the coalition rule.

Faesal became the first Kashmiri IAS to resign from the elite service and hinted that he might contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Faesal has ruled out joining the Hurriyat Conference or any other political party.