Jammu and Kashmir’s bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal has quit politics, news agency PTI reported on Monday. Faesal has resigned from the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement, a party he floated last year after quitting the civil services.
“Shah Faesal had informed State Executive Members that he is not in a position to continue with political activities and wants to be freed from the responsibilities of the organization,” the party said in a statement.
The statement added that JKPM’s current vice president Feroze Peerzada will take charge of the post till formal elections can be held for the post of president.
The 37-year-old had topped the 2009 civil services exam and was serving in the state government. He, however, in January 2019 quit his job and floated a party.
In 2009, he became the first Kashmiri to place first in the Indian Civil Services Examination.
Faesal has been one of the most vocal critics of the Modi government’s August 2019 decision to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two Union Territories. He was even placed under detention along with several other politicians last year ahead of the Centre’s decision. Faesal was booked under the stringent Public Safety Act in February 2020. He was released last month.
The development comes amid unconfirmed reports of Faesal likely to return to administration.