Presidential election 2022: After Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah says NO to being opposition candidate

After NCP’s Sharad Pawar, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday (June 18) declined to be the Opposition parties’ face for presidential polls 2022. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had suggested Abdullah’s name as the joint Opposition candidate for the upcoming presidential polls. “I withdraw my name from consideration as a possible joint opposition candidate for the President of India. I believe that Jammu and Kashmir is passing through a critical juncture and my efforts are required to help navigate these uncertain times,” NC chief Farooq Abdullah was quoted as saying by ANI. Further, the former Jammu and Kashmir CM said he has many years left for active politics, adding he is looking forward to making positive contribution in the service of J&K and the country. “I’m grateful to Mamata didi for proposing my name. I’m also grateful to all the senior leaders who offered me their support,” Abdullah added.