Shah Faesal asks for donations, says ‘will decide later if movement becomes political party’

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Shah Faesal addressing a press conference in Srinagar. Photograph by Saide Zahoor for The Kashmir Walla
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Srinagar: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal may launch his own political party in Jammu and Kashmir, after he recently quit from the services to join politics.

Faesal resigned from country’s elite services on and on Wednesday sought public donations for what he called “a people’s movement for a change.” He asked people to be a part of this journey and support him with small donations.

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While speaking to The Kashmir Walla, Faesal said that it has already become a public movement. “I need financial support from people to run the movement for change. Can this movement be converted into a party or not will be decided later,” he said.

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Taking to his Twitter account today morning, Faesal had written: “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.”

Faesal after resigning started mass consultations with the youth, including talking to several people from the civil society.

In his press conference after quitting the services, Faesal had said that he won’t be joining any existing political party but will weigh his options. “In last few years there have been some circumstances within the state and rest of the country which made me realize that there is time to speak up,” he had said. “By today’s resignation I am putting across a small act of defiance to remind the central government of its responsibilities towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir. I am resigning in protest against the lack of political initiative to assuage the hurt feelings of people of Kashmir.