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The 1st-ever Kashmiri IAS topper Shah Faesal on Wednesday has resigned from his service in order to enter politics ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019. Shah also stated that he also left his post to "protect against the unabated killings in Kashmir".
The IAS officer has been stated to contest elections from Baramulla on a National Conference ticket.
A report in The Print, quoting sources, said that the 2010 batch topper is believed to be eyeing the Baramulla constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He had taken voluntary retirement on Monday to "join the Farooq Abdullah-led National Conference".
Reacting to the speculations on Twitter, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah "welcomed" Faesal to the political fold on Wednesday.
The 2010 batch topper, who returned to Kashmir last week, took to his Facebook account to announce his decision.
In the FB post, he wrote, "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".
"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 further wrote, "I am thankful to my family, friends and well-wishers for supporting me 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".