JAMMU MAY 15: Former Chief Minister and President National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that divisive politics can endanger the social fabric, cause disenchantment among people and vitiate communal harmony.
“The nation and the state cannot afford division between communities, as they can prosper only when people of all faiths and regions get fair deal and equal treatment in all spheres”, he said while interacting with party functionaries at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this morning.
This was his maiden visit to the winter capital after undergoing treatment in London a few months ago. The rank and file of the party gave an affectionate reception to the former Chief Minister on his arrival at the party headquarters. He was accompanied by former Chief Minister and the Working President Omar Abdullah.
Besides Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, former ministers and senior party leaders Harbans Singh, Surjeet Singh Slathia, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, Javed Rana, Racchpal Singh, Babu Rampal and State Vice Presidents Rattan Lal Gupta, Th Kashmira Singh were among the prominent party functionaries present during the interaction.
Dr Abdullah hoped that myopic tendencies of dividing society on the basis of caste, creed, region or religion will fall frail before the strength of peoples’ commitment to amity and brotherhood. In this context, he referred to the historic role of National Conference in fomenting amity and fighting divisive tendencies, as inclusiveness has all along been its fort.
“National Conference is a movement which has taken everyone all along and never differentiated between the people on the basis of region or religion and therefore it is incumbent upon its entire cadre to rise above politics and work for the overall betterment of the state”, he maintained.
He exhorted the workers to feel the pulse of people and agitate their problems in appropriate forums so that timely redressal is sought. The people, especially poor and down-trodden have all along been looking towards the party and the leadership should go whole-hog in reaching out to them in the hour of need. He said the biggest legacy of National Conference has been unity and amity, which has to be maintained and preserved at all costs.
Dr Abdullah exuded confidence that National Conference will bounce back with rejunevated vigour and spelled out a big role for the cadre in making the party more vibrant and responsive to the needs of the people. He said blend of old and young will enable National Conference to bounce back in a big way and recalled how the party had surmounted challenges during most testing times in the past.
“Winning or losing is part of parliamentary democracy and therefore the cadre should take setback in the assembly elections to their stride and work for steering the party to massive victory in years to come”, he said, hoping that the workers will imbibe the great spirit of serving people in all the situations.
Several senior leaders spoke on the occasion and gave their assessment about the political situation prevailing in the State. They gave feedback on the functioning of grass level party units across the Jammu region and said the cadre had reactivated in a big way and public outreach was apace.
Those present in the interaction included Javed Rana, Dr Kamal Arora and Master Noor Hussain, all legislators, besides the party leaders Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Bimla Luthra, Jugal Mahajan, Brij Mohan Sharma, Satpal Lakhotra, Haji Mohammed Hussain, Gurdeep Singh Sasan, Bashir Ahmed Wani, Haroon Choudhry, Pradeep Bali, Vijay Lochan, S Peter, Dharamvir Singh Jamwal, M L Musnhi and Ayub Malik.