Bhalessa (Doda): While maintaining the pace of his campaign for Congress-NC candidate from Udhampur-Kathua Lok Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress MLA from Inderwal segment Ghulam Mohammad Saroori asked the people to recall and appreciate the facts that India stood consistently for secularism, togetherness of all communities, peace and progress.
During his election campaign in Bhalessa belt of Doda district, the Congress leader sought votes from people on the basis of UPA’s people-oriented policies and developmental growth in the past ten years.
Saroori held series of meetings at various places and was given rousing reception by the party workers and supporters. He addressed gatherings at Indloo, Kansoo, Drought, Khara, Bharno, Gwaz, Kethan, Dugroon, Bathri and Bhalessa.
Addressing the meetings Saroori highlighted the achievements of the UPA I, UPA II and also by former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in which a responsive administration has been put into place which has brought in a new era of peace, tranquility and development.
He also welcomed the support extended by Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari to Congress and claimed the party had the backing of all Muslim bodies. “I welcome the support extended to our party by the Delhi Imam. Not only he, but all Muslims bodies are extending support to Congress,” he told public at Bhalessa.
Bukhari, considered an influential religious leader, had last week appealed to Muslims to support Congress and ensure that secular votes are not divided.
Saroori appealed to the people to remain present at their home on the date of pooling and cast their vote in favour of the Congress candidate Ghulam Nabi Azad. The people of the area assured Saroori that they are fully prepared to caste their votes in favour of the party candidate and further informed that in this election they would work voluntarily to ensure Azad’s victory.
The people of the area informed that the laborers who are working outside the area have already started returning to their homes to vote for Azad.
In response to the charge by state BJP unit that the government employees are campaigning in favour of Congress candidates, Saroori refuted the charges and lauded that government has already issued strict directions to the government employees to stay away from the politics and concentrate to their assigned government duties.
He (Saroori) appealed the people to press hand button on EVMs on April 17 to defeat the vested interests who are hell bent upon to divide the country on communal lines. He said that the time is for ensuring employment to the youth and dignified livelihood to all sections of the society which can be provided only by the Congress.
Prominent among those Congress Vice President district Doda Abdul Rashil Kandhar, Congress Working block president Khara Ghulam Haider Wani (Company), Congress Working committee president Khara Jay Dev Singh, Chowdhary Farooq Ahmed, Abdul Majid Rahi, Haji Ghulam Mohd Mir, Seva Ram, Sher Singh, Manoj Kumar Bhagat, Beli Ram, Sabdar Hussain Wani, Chowdhary Noormaey, Dewan Chand, Abdul Majeed Khanday, Haji Abdul Qayoom, Puran Chand, Shokat Ali Mir, Haji Mohd Ismaeil, Mohd Amin, Chatter Singh, Mohd Yasin and people in large were present on the occasion.