October 2002 News

Farooq Abdullah wants to shift to national politics

25 October 2002
The Indian Express

New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday indicated he would like to shift to national politics saying it was time for him to come to the ''larger screen'' of the country. ''I think I should not confine myself to the state and come to the larger screen. All of us have to strengthen India and only then Jammu and Kashmir can become strong. I am now thinking in that direction,'' said Abdullah, who was in the capital to address the NDA rally. Admitting that he had committed a ''mistake'' by proposing his retirement from politics, Abdullah said, ''I think I made a mistake.'' ''Omar Abdullah is National Conference (NC) President. He has to strengthen the party, state and fight terrorism. He is young and can do it. I think at this stage I should come to Delhi,'' the former NC President said adding the party would take a decision in this regard. Asked if he was also looking for a berth in the Centre, Abdullah said he will decide, if and when any proposal is made to him by the Union government. Pointing out that he was never opposed to a dialogue between India and Pakistan, Abdullah, however, reiterated that terrorism should stop before any such initiative was under taken.


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