Srinagar: Shah Faesal, the first Kashmiri to top civil services, has resigned and is all set to enter politics ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Mr Faesal, who took to social media to announce that he has tendered his resignation, said he did so to protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union Government.
Reacting to the news, National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah said it is a loss for bureaucracy and a gain for politics.
Confirming the speculations about his resignation, Mr Faesal said, “I have decided to resign from Indian Administrative Service.”
“To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union Government; the marginalization and invisiblization of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of the J&K State and growing culture of intolerance and hate in the mainland India in the name of hypernationalism, I have decided to resign from Indian Administrative Service,” he wrote.
Hitting out at the NDA-led government, he said, “I wish to remind the regime of the day that subversion of public institutions like RBI, CBI and NIA has the potential to decimate the Constitutional edifice of this Country and it needs to be stopped.”
“I wish to reiterate that voices of reason in this country cannot be muzzled for long and the environment of siege will need to end if we wish to usher in true democracy,” he said.
He said he is thankful to his family, friends and well-wishers for supporting him in this amazing journey in IAS. “One of my important tasks here-after will be train and guide aspiring civil servants to help them in achieving this dream,” he added.
“The bureaucracy’s loss is politics’ gain. Welcome to the fold @shahfaesal,” Mr Abdullah, who is the former chief minister of the state, wrote on twitter.
However, when asked if Mr Faesal has joined NC, Mr Abdullah said, “Actually I welcomed him to the fold of politicians.”
“His future political plans are his to announce,” he added.
But, sources within NC said that Mr Faesal will formally join NC in the next one or two days and will contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections on the party ticket.