Dr. Farooq Abdullah, the maverick politician is back with his magic, touring places across Jammu region, talking to party cadre and speaking to the media in his own unique style.
Aim is to strengthen party across Jammu region, boost morale of party workers and ensure people know that Farooq Abdullah is back in business. He continues to be the young man charming one and all either with his floating political ideas or something else that other politicians prefer doing in private.
Farooq would sing you a song, dance on any music being played or at times, surprise you by suddenly coming down from his vehicle and interacting with you. He was today in remote area of Bagani in Mathwar block of Nagrota, Provincial President Devinder Rana’s constituency. Wearing a white turban and dressed in a Salwar-suit, Farooq looked in his menacing style. The crowd would clap now and then.
Farooq decried reactionary and communal politics, saying this may accrue short term gains for some but ultimately its fallout on secular fabric could be disastrous. He said that his party has always fought against politics of divide, as it believes in inclusiveness and homogeneous social order. National Conference President, accompanied by senior leaders Mian Altaf and Devender Singh Rana, were taken in a caravan of vehicles via Agore and Keri Hadwal, with enthusiastic workers chanting slogans.
He said his party has always flagged public welfare and development of Jammu and Kashmir as its core agenda and worked towards the empowerment of people in all the three regions. “Jammu and Kashmir has to grow and flourish as a single entity. Those exploiting sentimental politics are playing with this unique characteristic of the state”, he maintained while asserting that NC will foil all machinations of the divisive forces.
Dr Abdullah recalled sacrifices offered by National Conference in maintaining amity and brotherhood between various segments of society during most testing times and said this mission will continue notwithstanding turbulent winds keeping hovering from time to time. He urged the workers to emulate the spirit of togetherness that has been the only treasure of the party.
National Conference President lauded the cadre for their resilience with which they were fighting inimical forces which were hell bent on dividing the state in bits and pieces for their vested interest. “All religions preach for oneness”, he said adding paths may be different but the ultimate destination was the same.
Dr. Abdullah reiterated his party’s resolve to seek maximum participation of youth in decision making by creating congenial atmosphere for their growth in politics. “In fact, National Conference has been providing huge space and political platform to public spirited youth to work towards betterment of the society”, he added.
Recalling the initiatives taken by National Conference governments, from time to time, the former Chief Minister said that development and progress of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh has been its major plank. This momentum has to be maintained for taking the state to pinnacles as it has immensely suffered during the past few decades. He also referred to the initiatives taken during his tenure as Union Minister for Energy, saying power development is key to economic progress in a state like Jammu and Kashmir. He also responded to the local issues and said drinking water scarcity in Nagrota can be met by harnessing Chenab River. He said power generation and harnessing of huge hydel resources were imperative for overall progress of the state.
Complimenting people for elected highly public spirited and dedicated representative, Dr Abdullah hoped that Devender Singh Rana will continue his tireless effort of bringing Nagrota into focus and ensuring its all round development. He said his initiatives in pursuing various developmental agencies are discernible in form of accelerated work on various projects. Speaking on the occasion, former minister and senior leader Mian Altaf castigated PDP-BJP Government for betraying the people during its 10-month misrule.
Mian Altaf said that the previous government failed on all fronts and the promises made to the people proved to be hoax. “The coalition failed miserably in meeting the aspirations of people”, he said and referred to anti-poor policies of the PDP-BJP government with particular reference to anti-people National Food Security Act. Provincial President and MLA Nagrota Devender Singh Rana expressed his gratitude to the high command and the people for reposing their trust in him and said he will endeavour for all round transformation of the Constituency.