UPSC Topper Shah Faesal applies for Voluntary retirement from IAS to join politics

Shah Faesal in Boston Public Library (Photo: Shabbir Hassan/Facebook)

Shah Faesal, a 2010 batch IAS topper from Jammu and Kashmir, applied for voluntary retirement and grapevine is that he may join politics and contest from Baramulla seat in coming general elections 2019 as an NC candidate.

Sri Nagar/New Delhi: UPSC topper Kashmiri IAS officer Shah Faesal is learnt to have finally resigned from the services to join politics.

Sources said the 2010 batch topper sought voluntary retirement on Monday and may join the National Conference.

Faesal, 35, who comes from the Lolab valley in Kupwara, is believed to be eyeing the Baramulla constituency in 2019 general elections.

“He applied for voluntary retirement the day before, but the process takes time since it has to be approved by the DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training),” a news portal reported.

Once his resignation is accepted, Faesal is expected to meet the National Conference leadership, including party chief Farooq Abdullah and son Omar.

Former Chief Minister and NCP leader Omar Abdullah hinted at his joining NCP. “Actually I welcomed him to the fold of politicians. His future political plans are his to announce” he tweeted with an attached tweet by a journalist Zulqarnain Ibn Usuf.

Faesal has just returned to India from a stint as a Fulbright fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He arrived in the Valley on 2 January, after which he decided to resign.

Faesal was sent a message to confirm this. However, could not be immediately contacted.

Faesal is a doctor turned bureaucrat.

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