Azad Calls For Strengthening Of Secular Forces

31 March 2009

Jammu: Hitting out at the BJP and PDP in the Kashmir valley, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today asked the people to strengthen secular forces and fight parties spreading communalism in the state and elsewhere in the country. These parties had created an explosive situation in the state for their vested interest last year that resulted in polarisation on communal lines, Azad said, apparently referring to Amarnath Yatra agitation. 'BJP had drawn the advantage from it in Jammu and PDP in Kashmir in the assembly elections later,'the AICC general secretary said, while addressing an election rally in support of party candidate contesting from Jammu - Poonch Lok Sabha constituency at Sunderbani, about 80 km from here. He said that Congress entered into an alliance with National Conference (NC) in the state to fight the negative forces. The alliance government, headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, will take the state forward towards further peace and progress, he said and asked the people to strengthen secular forces to fight parties spreading communalism and regionalism.