Jammu, December 05, (Scoop News)- Cautioning against conspiracies being hatched to erode special identity of the State, Provincial President National Conference Mr Devender Singh Rana on Thursday exhorted the people to stand for preserving Sher-e-Kashmir’s idea of secular and democratic Jammu and Kashmir.
“The enemies of the people of Jammu and Kashmir within and outside have joined hands to inflict scars on the State’s uniqueness, its glorious traditions and its great ethos for furthering their political ends”, Mr Rana while paying tributes to Baba-e-Quom Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah on his 108th birth anniversary at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here this morning.
Mr Rana, along with Minister for Planning and Development Mr Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, MP Mr Mohammed Shafi Uri, Sr. Vice President Mr Surjeet Singh Slathia, Dy Chairman Legislative Council Mr. Javed Rana, Legislators Mrs. Bimla Luthra, Mr Ghulam Qadir Pardesi, Master Noor Hussain and Dr. Shenaz Ganai besides senior leaders Haji Abdul Rashid, Pt Govind Ram Sharma, Babu Ram Pal, Mr Abdul Gani Veeri, Mr Rattan Lal Gupta, Mr Brij Mohan Sharma, Th Kashmira Singh, Haji Mohammed Hussain, Qazi Jalal-ud-Din, Bushan Lal Bhat, Mr Satpal Lakhotra, Mrs. Vijay Lakshmi Dutta, Mr. Jugal Mahajan, Mr. Gurdeep Singh Sassan, Mr. S Peter and others paid tributes to Sher-e-Kashmir.
The Provincial President took BJP head on for its sinister machinations with regard to Article 370, saying this is a deliberate attempt to vitiate the political atmosphere ahead of 2014 elections.
Mr Rana decried the political immaturity of Mr Narendra Modi by describing Jammu and Kashmir as a beggar state. “It is an affront to the people of this state, who love their self esteem more than their lives”, he said, adding that Jammu and Kashmir is the only State across the country where people have roof over their heads. He said Sher-e-Kashmir has laid such an edifice and the nature has bestowed so valuable hydel resources that Jammu and Kashmir can become a most prosperous and self-reliant state of India.
On the issue of central assistance to Jammu and Kashmir, the Provincial President said this is a bonafide right of every state and not a courtesy or benevolence extended to us only. “Doesn’t Mr Modi’s Gujarat receive funds allocated by Planning Commission of India as part of share to each state”, he asked and advised BJP leadership to maintain decency and not to stoop so low in pursuit of power.
Mr Rana asked party workers to remain vigilant against such elements and strengthen the hands of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for steering Jammu and Kashmir to peace and prosperity. He said National Conference is a great legacy of Sher-e-Kashmir which is proud for its presence in every nook and corner of the State. He exuded confidence that the party will emerge with flying colours in the ensuing elections in all the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. “Those dreaming of bagging 46 and 47 seats can’t manage even this number of contestants during the next elections”, he said amidst applause.
Paying tributes to Sher-e-Kashmir, Mr Sadhotra asked the party cadre to gear up for the big exercise and to ensure that National Conference maintains its political supremacy in every constituency. “The biggest tribute to Baba-e-Quom would be to steer National Conference to a big success, as it is the only party that stands guarantee to progress and inclusive development of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh”, he said.
Mr Sadhotra recalled the contribution of Sher-e-Kashmir in the spread of education, empowerment of people and development of the State, saying this mission is being carried forward by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with a renewed vigour.
In his speech, Deputy Chairman Legislative Council Mr Javed Rana made a particular mention of Sher-e-Kashmir’s vision about the upliftment of weaker sections particularly Gujjars and Bakerwals. He said Sheikh Sahib worked relentlessly for the welfare and well being of the people of the State. “The great leader instilled a sense of confidence among the people”, he added.
Mr Javed decried the attempts of political chameleons in dividing the society for their vested interests and hoped that the people will give them a befitting reply at the time of reckoning.
Describing Sher-e-Kashmir as towering among the tallest leaders of the sub-continent, Mr Surjeet Singh Slathia said the great leader will continue to inspire generations for working towards the betterment of people irrespective of caste, creed and colour.
Mr Slathia made a mention of path breaking and revolutionary initiatives taken by Sher-e-Kashmir for making Jammu and Kashmir a forward looking state.
Prominent among other present on the occasion were Mr Dharamvir Singh Jamwal, Mr Taranjeet Singh Toni, Mr. Chander Mohan Sharma, Abdul Gani Teli, Ms Satwant Kour Dogra, Ms Dilshada Malik, Mr Rajesh Bakshi, Mr Pardeep Bali, Mr Mohinder Gupta, Mr Rohit Bali, Mr Anil Dhar, Mr Iqbal Wani, Mr Pankaj Kohli, Ms Rasheeda Begum, Ms Daljeet Sharma, Mr Ram Saroop Sharma, Choudhary Haroon, Sardar Balvinder Singh, Mr M L Munshi, Mr Ashok Singh and others.
On the occasion Quran-e-Khwani was performed at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan and fruits were distributed among the inmates of Vridh Ashram at Amphalla. Minister for Planning and Development Mr Sadhotra interacted with the inmates and wished them well being.
The 108th birth anniversary of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah was observed at all the District, Tehsil and Block Units of National Conference across the Jammu region.
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