Balakote (Mendhar)/Jammu, June 6 (Scoop News) –Saying 2014 elections will change the political discourse in Jammu and Kashmir, Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Thursday exuded confidence that people will stamp out deceptive elements and give decisive mandate to National Conference to steer the State to a new era of peace and development.
“The contours of the government will be decided by the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and not by New Delhi”, he said amid applause while addressing a public meeting in village Guloota, on the Line of Control, in Balakote of Mendhar constituency this afternoon.
Winding up weeklong tour of the Poonch district, along with senior party leaders, Mr Rana said those believing in power flowing from the above were undermining the political sagacity of people and disrespecting their self esteem. He recalled Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s immense faith in the people of Jammu and Kashmir and said that his cherished belief of people being the real fountain head of power shall always remain guiding principle for the National Conference.
The Provincial President referred to unblemished role of National Conference in public service during the past over seven decades and said it has never compromised with the interests of people or played with their sentiments. “We place people and the State above everything else”, he said while recalling the bold decision of the party leadership in 1990 to quit rather than being party to the sufferings of the people.
“People know who contributed to the miseries of people when they were braving a very difficult situation unfolded by peace inimical elements”, he said and referred to the unpleasant steps taken by vested interests in New Delhi to vitiate the already surcharged atmosphere in the troubled state for deriving political mileage. “National Conference had no option but to quit in the larger public interest and for the dignity and honour of the people of the State”, he said.
Mr Rana said these elements again raised their heads in different manifestations and exploited communal and regional sentiments of the people for their political ends. In this context, he referred to the divide they created in 2008 by inciting people of one region against the other in the wake of Amarnath land row. “They believe in disruptive politics while National Conference stands for unity, integrity and single entity of Jammu and Kashmir, abode of different faiths and variant cultures”, he observed and urged people to remain vigilant against the machinations of the vested interests.
Taking dig at People’s Democratic Party’s brazen attempts of hoodwinking public opinion, Mr Rana said that they did not cared for the people and indulged in inciting the people on regional lines. “Now, they have adopted a unique strategy of raking up urban versus rural discrimination bogey in respect of development”, he said while referring to the PDP campaign of ignoring Srinagar or Anantnag in respect of development. He said National Conference believes in inclusive and holistic development of all the regions and their sub-region irrespective of political considerations.
Responding to local issues, Mr Rana said that the Centre should come out with a special package for the people staying between Loc and the Defence fence and create quality infrastructure of health care, education, power, drinking water and road connectivity for them. Those staying inside the fence should be allowed free and comfortable movement across the fence into the areas in the country .This is a human requirement and needs to be addressed compassionately.
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