Secularism holds key to single-entity of J&K: Ajatshatru
JAMMU:‘NC believes in healthy political discourse’
Senior National Conference leader and former minister, Mr Ajatshatru Singh on Friday underscored the crucial need for preserving pluralistic ethos of a multiple religious state like Jammu and Kashmir, saying this was the only and most strong binding force between its three distinct regions.
“We cannot affort to deviate from our chosen path”, Mr Singh said while interacting with National Conference functionaries this morning, adding the challenges posed to the cherished ideals pursued single-mindedly by the Great Maharaja and Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah could be met by maintining the time tested unity and amity between the regions and the people. He said National Conference has yet again to play its historic role in forging unity and foiling the machinations of divisive forces. This, he said, cannot be achieved without active involvement of the people.
Mr Ajatshatru Singh that diversity of this unique state has been an eyesore for many, who have been attempting to trample it from time to time but the faith reposed in secular principles by the brave people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh has been a redeeming factor. He exhorted the party functionaries and workers to take a frontal role in foiling all attempts of weakening the state’s secular democratic traditions. “Fringe elements cannot vitiate the atmosphere by playing politics based on region of religion”, he said and added that the state has to grow as a single entity. He decried the myopic political agenda of power seekers, saying their machinations were detrimental to the larger interests of the state. “National Conference believes in healthy political discourse and expects others too to come up with their policies and programmes rather playing to galleries”, he maintained.
Referring to ensuing elections, Mr Singh said: “We will have to redouble our efforts to further strengthen bonds of brotherhood and amity to steer the state to pinnacles of progress and prosperity”. He made a specific mention of steps taken during the past nearly six years on developmental from across the state with special focus on restoring peace and normalcy. “This has indeed made a difference with people breathing in a free and relaxed atmosphere, especially in the valley which braved the major brunt of disturbed conditions, and developmental tempo gaining further momentum.” He made a fervent appeal to the nominated candidates of the party for the ensuing elections to prepare a blue print about the areas they would be representing so that the people get inkling about the priorities of National Conference government in the state. He urged the party cadre to gear up at all the levels and further intensify public outreach campaign to make people aware about the achievements registered by the Omar led government. He said Jammu and Kashmir has traversed a long way from instability and deprivation to peace and fulfilment. He said the change in developmental sector is discernible, adding “The mood of the people, therefore, is suggestive of a clear mandate to National Conference for a stable government in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Mr Ajatshatru Singh said that he will be campaigning for the National Conference candidates in the districts of Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Udhampur, Jammu, Poonch, Reasi, Kathua and Rajouri with focus on Nagrota Assembly Constituency He exuded confidence about big win for the National Conference.