SHEHLA RASHID TO JOIN EX-IAS OFFICER SHAH FAESAL’S PARTY, CONTEST STATE OR LOK SABHA POLLS

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SHEHLA RASHID TO JOIN EX-IAS OFFICER SHAH FAESAL’S PARTY, CONTEST STATE OR LOK SABHA POLLS

Srinagar: JNU student leader Shehla Rashid Shora, a vocal critic of the Narendra Modi government, is set to join active politics as a member of fellow Kashmiri and former IAS officer Shah Faesal’s soon-to-be-launched party, a source has told ThePrint.

“Shora is going to join Shah Faesal, who is launching a new political party,” said the source.

“She is getting a central position in the core team. She has been working closely with Faesal over the past few months and was involved in the decision-making process for the inception of the party,” the source added.

Rashid, 31, a former vice-president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union, is currently pursuing a PhD in Technology and Citizen-State Relations at the premier institution.

She emerged as a prominent face after fellow JNU students Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested for a February 2016 protest against the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The trio had been accused of participating in “anti-national” chants, and Rashid was at the forefront of the student protests that followed their arrest.

“She decided to join politics after closely watching the repression under the Modi regime,” said another source who is close to Rashid. “She will be doing the same things, organising protests to raise the same issues she currently pursues, but her message will get amplified now.”

Rashid had told ThePrint last year that was not looking to contest elections “as of now”, saying she wanted to focus on academics and activism.

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