Farooq castigates Cong, PDP for indulging in divisive politics

2 December 2008
The Daily Excelsior

Chenani-Ramnagar-Reasi: Dr. Farooq Abdullah, patron J&K National Conference said his party is committed to the development of the far flung areas of the State and is concerned about the plight of the people of the State staying in the far flung areas because they have been neglected by the coalition Government in the last six years. Dr. Abdullah who was addressing series of public meetings at Latti, Chenani, Ponara and Reasi in support of Lal Chand Musafir, Jagdish Singh and Jagjevan Lal, party's candidates from Chenani, Ramnagar and Reasi Assembly constituencies said National Conference has come out with its agenda for governance which is a roadmap for the economic resurgence of the State and will usher an era of unprecedented development in the State and open new avenues of employment to the unemployed youth. Referring to the steep rise in prices of the essential commodities, NC patron said the failure of the coalition government to check the rising price of essentialities has broken the back of a common man. 'The inflation has hit the remote areas so badly that all the basic essentialities have became far away from the purchasing capacity of a common man', he said. Dr. Abdullah said National Conference after coming to power will open fair price ration shops in the far flung areas of the State and said that 16 items constituting basic essentialities shall also be included in the list of PDS to ensure that the poor people could get all the basic essentialities at reasonable rates. Dr. Abdullah said the whole belt from Patnitop to Lati has rich potential of tourism and National Conference if voted to power will bring the area under tourist map, which will give fillip to the economy of the State besides creating avenues of employment to the localites. He also promised that party after coming to power open ITI College and Hospital at Chenani, besides providing road networks in far flung and remote areas. Castigating Congress-PDP Government for indulging in divisive politics, Dr. Abdullah said both the Congress & PDP tried to divide the people of the State on regional , religious, caste and ethnic basis for vote bank politics thereby destroying the traditional secular fabric of the State. He said if voted to power National Conference will work to restore the bonds of communal harmony and brotherhood among the people of the state. Mian Altaf Ahmed also addressed the meetings. Among others who were present were Jagjeevan Lal, Lal Chand Musafir, Jagdish Singh, Kr. Rachpal Singh, Bimla Luthra, Ch. Mohammad Shafi and others.