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Restore popular govt in JK, Farooq urges GoI

Restore popular govt in JK, Farooq urges GoI
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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and Member of Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that people of the state were “feeling the vulnerable absence of a democratically elected representative government”.
Addressing workers and party functionaries here at party headquarters, Farooq said it was “high time for the government of India to give the people of the state the opportunity to elect a government which can further the cause of development in the state.”
He said the “need of the hour calls for restoring a popular government in the state that has been limping towards the full realization of democracy in wake of the persistent tumultuous situation and a long spell of governor’s rule”.
Farooq said it was “unfortunate to see the penchant of the incumbent governor for political muddle” in the state.
“The people of the state are fed up of the development deficit plaguing the state. A laid back oligarchy cannot replace the vital and vibrant role of the elected legislature and representative cabinet,” he added.
Farooq said people of the state had been “disenfranchised from their constitutional right of having a representative government in place”.
“The utter failure of the former PDP-BJP government on every conceivable matrix in the state has already disenchanted people towards democracy. The politically motivated jibes against politicians emanating from the governor’s office are adding to the disenchantment among youth towards the democratic process,” he said.
He said the state was caught in a “blizzard” and the need of the hour requires us to give a combined response to the challenges the state is facing particularly on its identity.
Farooq said that Kashmiris were “feeling alienated in their own land in wake of the absence of any popular government in the state”.
He further added that Muslims living across the world were subject to the “nefarious machinations of those who have vested interests in a divided Muslim world”.
“The fate of Muslims in the state is no different; it is at the peril due to the onslaught of such powers as are hell-bent to obliterate the Muslim Majority character of our state,” he said.
He said that the “pluralistic visage of our state has traditionally been scorn in the eyes of those people as is hell-bent to destroy it”.
“The iron-fist policy of the incumbent administration has added to the insecurities of Muslims living in the state. The plight of the Muslims in the state is no less miserable than their counterparts living across the country. It seems that the large population of Muslims in the state and the country is being deliberately kept out of the development agenda. However, the idea of a developed India cannot be achieved if the minorities are left out,” Farooq alleged.
Among others party general Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, Political Advisor to party president Mushtaq Guroo, Showkat Ahmad Mir, Kafeel ur Rehman were also present on the occasion.
Earlier Farooq addressed workers gathering at Naseem Bagh, Hazratbal and extolled the role played by party’s women’s wing functionaries and youth national conference functionaries during the last parliament elections.
“The agenda of our enemy is explicit, it is to obliterate the unique identity of our state. However, with a combined response we will be able to trounce the nefarious designs,” he said.
The NC president later visited the residence of late Gulzar Ahmad Sofi and extended condolences to the bereaved family.
He prayed for the soul of the deceased and strength to the family to bear the inconsolable loss.
Among others, political advisor to President Mushtaq Ahmad Guroo, Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat, and Haji Ghulam Muhammad Shaksaz also accompanied the party president.

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