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December 5, 2022 11:18 pm

Farooq Abdullah Only Choice As NC President

Srinagar- Farooq Abdullah was re-elected president of the National Conference (NC) for another term on Monday.

The 85-year-old leader was unanimously elected the party’s chief at the NC’s delegate session held near the burial site of party founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah at Naseem Bagh here.

The day also marked the 117th birth anniversary of Sheikh Abdullah.

NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said only Abdullah’s nomination was received till the last date of filing the nominations.

A total of 183 proposals from Kashmir, 396 from Jammu and 25 proposals from Ladakh were received in support of Farooq Abdullah, Sagar said.

The senior leader had recently expressed a desire to step down from the post owing to his health.

“I will not be contesting for the post of president any longer. The elections for the post will be held on December 5. It is time for the new generation to take over the responsibilities,” Farooq Abdullah had said on November 18.

“Anyone from the party can contest for the post. It is a democratic exercise,” Farooq Abdullah, who has retained the post for nearly four decades except for seven years beginning 2002 said.

He became National Conference president for the first time in 1983.

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