Srinagar, September 04(Scoop News)-JK Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday described Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) a movement rather than a mere political party adding that NC’s well-defined political agenda for modern and model Jammu and Kashmir is its bulwark.
“The workers of NC are epitome of sacrifice and selfless service who have withstood all challenges and proven their loyalty towards the people, the party and its leadership time and again”, he said while addressing the NC office bearers and the party legislators of Srinagar District here this morning.
Omar Abdullah who is also the Working President of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference said that NC will fight the next Assembly Election on its political and development agenda. He said that the Party represents aspirations of all the regions and the sections of the society. He said people have always reposed faith in NC and its leadership for its state-forwardness and sincerity. He said NC lives in the hearts of the people like their heartbeats because they know that this party has always kept public cause as its benchmark in the political agenda since its inception.
The Working President said, “Baba-i-Quom Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah has transferred ‘a peoples’ movement’ to us in the shape of National Conference and we have to nurture it in the same form”, he told NC activists and urged them to work selflessly in the same spirit as has been exhibited by the companions of the Sher-i-Kashmir and the senior workers.
“You have to reaffirm that your trait is not to deceive people for the chair. You have to show them that your party is above power politics or vested interest. You have to show them by your work and deeds that you are the recipients and inheritors of highest human values, secular credentials and democratic philosophy. You have to exhibit that universal brotherhood, equitable progress and inclusive development is the soul of NC’s political agenda”, he told the party workers and emphasized on the need of making young generation aware of the sacrifices made by NC, its leadership and workers since its inception without changing the stance despite so many difficulties and challenges.
“NC has always stood on firm political and inclusive development programme and will continue to strengthen the ideology of peaceful, secular, democratic and unified Jammu and Kashmir where justice will be ruling the roost”, he said and added that the objective of NC has never been power but the development and dignity of the people and the State. He said truthfulness is the characteristic of NC and speaking lucidly on all issues is this party’s standard and strong point. “We are not those who would deceive people by emotional blackmailing, slogan raising, falsehood, bias and creating hatred between various regions and sections of the society for vote”, he said and added that people have tested NC even through difficult periods and found it firm on solid edifice and political philosophy.
Omar Abdullah said National Conference never cared for chair but even relinquished power for the cause of the State and its people. He said people do not need any introduction of National Conference. “NC’s history is glaring and its policies transparent and clear”, he asserted and asked NC workers to disseminate the achievements of NC down the line.
Saying that Srinagar is the strong hold of the philosophy and political agenda of National Conference, the Chief Minister said that the people of Srinagar District have suffered deeply for their wholehearted affiliation with National Conference. “We are aware of all the difficulties you had to face for supporting NC. We know your support to this party is for a cause. We will not let you down. We will do everything possible to realize your needs”, he assured people of Srinagar District and said that his party would foil all attempts of weakening Srinagar.
“There have been conspiracies against you in the past. A political party (PDP) tried its best to shift Srinagar to Parihaspora to revenge and avenge people of Srinagar for supporting NC. We salute your faith in NC and its leadership and assure you that NC would be always at your beck and call to strengthen you on all fronts”, he conveyed his feelings and gratitude to the people of Srinagar through NC party workers.
The NC Working President also referred to the isolation of Srinagar on development front effected during the period of PDP and said that during the last four and a half years whatever was possible has been done to compensate Srinagar for the discrimination it has received in PDP’s time. He mentioned the construction of about two dozen bridges, scores of water supply and drainage schemes, macadamization of roads and improvement in power supply and transmission system.
The Chief Minister said that the youth of Srinagar District deserve special attention in the employment generation programme for the district being severely hit during the militancy bringing trade and economy to stand still. He said a comprehensive employment generation programme has been formulated to employs 70,000 to one lakh youth in the State. He said Srinagar District would be ensured its due share in this programme.
The NC Working President also mentioned special attention being paid to the growth and development of artisans and improvement and beautification of Shar-e-Khas. He said the programmes taken in hand in this regard would be completed within the fixed time frame.
Additional General Secretary of NC, Dr. Mustafa Kamal, Minister for Rural Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar, National Conference Provincial President, Kashmir, Nasir Aslam Wani, NC District President Srinagar, Peer Afaq Ahmad, Legislagor Devinder Singh Oberio and various Block Presidents also spoke on the occasion while Legislators Shamima Firdous, Mohammad Yasin Shah, Irfan Ahmad Shah, Ghulam Qadir Pardasi and senior NC leaders Abdul Rashid Shaheen, Abdul Rehman and others were present on the occasion.
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