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United J&K is crown of country: Dr Farooq

United J&K is crown of country: Dr Farooq
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Says Govt with absolute majority answer to all challenges

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Jammu: National Conference (NC) President DrFarooq Abdullah on Thursday said that united Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of the country which has to flourish as a single entity with dignity and honour.
NC president also sought a massive mandate for the party in the ensuing elections, saying a strong and stable government alone can steer Jammu and Kashmir to peace, progress and development.
“A government with absolute majority is answer to all the challenges confronting to the State”, DrFarooq Abdullah said while welcoming dozens of BJP and Congress workers in the National Conference fold at a function held at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon.
According to a statement issued here, Dr Abdullah also referred to the role of women in development and said their political empowerment is necessary by ensuring reservation of seats in democratic institutions.
He said on being given absolute majority, NC will emulate some other states and have 33 per cent reservations in assembly for women.
In this context, he said that he was only yesterday told by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik about such a reservation being given to women in his state. He said National Conference has worked towards women empowerment and referred to the allocation of 50 per cent seats for them in the medical colleges.
He said his party is striving for empowering youth and satiating the urges and aspirations of all the regions. He referred to the landslide victory of National Conference in 1996 and said this brought about a discernible transformation in the infrastructural development and turnaround in the situation.
Dr Abdullah said a massive effort was launched to build the damaged schools, put health services and other utility services back on track. In 2000, he said his government provided a record 1.50 lakh jobs to educated unemployed and initiated various welfare programmes. “This all happened because of the strong and stable government”, he added.
Dr Abdullah hoped that the people will contribute in bringing back normalcy by maintaining unity and strengthening the bonds of communal harmony. He cautioned against elements inimical to the single entity of Jammu and Kashmir and said all their machinations to create mistrust and hatred has to be foiled unitedly.
He assailed those day-dreaming about trifurcation of the state and said a united Jammu and Kashmir is crown of the country which has to flourish as a single entity with dignity and honour.
NC President decried exploitation of religious sentiments for political and electoral gains, and said the nation cannot afford to get fragmented into bits and pieces on the basis of religion.
He said elections were not to be fought on religion, as these provide an opportunity to put in place responsive governments which serve the people in terms of development and economic emancipation.
Member of Parliament advised reactionary forces to refrain from exploiting public sentiments, especially during elections, adding that the growing trend of dividing the people should be eschewed at all costs.
He lamented the attempts of provoking people to fight over Mandir and Masjid issues for furthering political objectives and said India does not belong to a specific religion but it is a beautiful vase of flowers of different colours. The people of all the faiths have equal rights in secular India, he added.
“In the prevailing vicious atmosphere, National Conference has a challenging role to keep the flag of secularism high”, Dr Abdullah said.
Dr Abdullah also stressed the need for generating conducive atmosphere for talks and said India and Pakistan should work towards this objective. He recalled the famous statement of former Prime Minister AtalBihari Vajpayee about ‘friends can be changed but the neighbours’ and hoped that spirit will help both the nations to work for peace.
He lauded the enthusiasm among the workers and hoped this will steer National Conference to massive success.
T. S Wazir, senior National Conference leader also addressed the workers and said that growing urge among political workers to join the party is reflection of their belief that it alone can steer the State to progress and development.
He introduced the prominent workers, mostly from weaker sections of the society, belonging to Bragala, ChattaPind, Camp Ward No 1, Jawahar Nagar and Bahu Fort areas in the vicinity of Jammu.
Present on the occasion included General Secretary Haji Ali Mohammed Sagar, Additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, former legislators and senior leaders of various wings of National Conference.

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