Cautioning people against disruptive and communal elements, Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday said that Jammu and Kashmir has to flourish as a single entity and shinning abode of various faiths, as per its glorious ethos.
Addressing a day-long convention of All Jammu and Kashmir Central Paramilitary Forces Welfare Association this afternoon, Mr Rana exuded confidence that people will maintain unity and foil the communal and misleading elements with their full might.
He castigated Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) and People’s Democratic Party(PDP) for their hidden agenda of dividing the people on communal and regional lines with a bigger plan of weakening secular forces. “They have been hand in glove in exploiting the situations, like the one in Kishtwar recently, in a bid to flare up passions and polarise the people on religious and regional lines.
In this context, he referred to the bonhomie of these two parties during 2008 Amarnath land row agitation and resultant wedge between the two regions. “National Conference foiled these attempts with the cooperation of the people of Kashmir and Jammu, and will continue to do so whenever the singular entity of the State is threatened”, he maintained.
Mr Rana took on PDP for its duplicity, saying its leaders were exploiting the sentiments of people in Kashmir by describing the State as a colony of India and speaking quite contrary to it when in Jammu. “PDP stands exposed for the double standards it has been pursuing in lust of power”, he said.
“They are suffering from a unique syndrome of treating those who support them as nationalists and others not so nationalist”, he said and reminded BJP leaders that India belongs to all, irrespective of their regional or religious affiliations.
The Provincial President expressed concern over emergence of communal forces across the nation and described it as bad omen for the unity of the country. He exhorted the people to alienate these forces in order to retain the unique secular character of the State and the nation.
Referring to measures being taken by the government led by Omar Abdullah for economic emancipation and employment generation for the youth, the Provincial President said that the Chief Minister has taken up with the Centre the issue regarding special recruitment package for youngsters residing in the border belts from Kathua to Gurez.
He said his party is committed to ameliorate the lot of various segments of society including the ex armed and security forces.