National Conference (NC) vice president Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Saturday withdrew from the presidential race, saying J&K was passing through a critical juncture and required his efforts to navigate uncertain times.
“I believe that Jammu and Kashmir is passing through a critical juncture and my efforts are required to help navigate these uncertain times. Therefore I would like to respectfully withdraw my name from consideration and I look forward to supporting the joint opposition consensus candidate,” Dr. Abdullah said, in a statement.
Dr. Abdullah said he had a lot more active politics ahead of him and look forward to making a positive contribution in the service of J&K and the country.
Dr. Abdullah, also a Member of Parliament from Srinagar, thanked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for proposing his name.
“I am honoured to have had my name proposed as a possible joint opposition candidate for the office of President of India by Mamata Banerjee Sahiba. Subsequent to Mamata didi proposing my name, I have received a number of calls from opposition leaders offering their support for my candidature,” Dr. Abdullah. said
He said he was deeply touched by the support that he received and honoured to have been considered for the highest office in the country.