NC Core Group Calls For Need To Reach Out To People10 October 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Core group of the ruling National Conference met here today to discuss the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley and underlined the need to reach out to people. The prevailing law and order situation and party matters came up for a detailed discussion at the meeting chaired by NC president Farooq Abdullah and attended by a host of party leaders including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, a party spokesman said after the meeting. The meeting highlighted the need to reach out to people with the partyís programmes and the dream of building a new Kashmir, he said. 'The need of the hour is to inform people, particularly the new generation, and make them aware about the policies and pro-people agenda of the party,' he said. The core group asked party leaders especially MLAs to establish close contact with people, share their grief and happiness and fullfil their responsibilities. The meeting came close on the heels of the Chief Ministerís remarks in the State Assembly on the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with the Indian Union that had created a flutter with the Opposition BJP and National Panthersí Party (NPP) terming his comments as anti-India. Omar in his remarks had said that the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India could not be equated with that of Hyderabad and Junagarh. The meeting also appealed to people to play their role in maintaining peace. Earlier, Abdullah, interacting with various delegations who called on him at his residence here, said the National Conference led coalition Government is doing its best to address the problems of the people. Immediately after the core group meeting ended, Abdullah led a party delegation to Tangmarg, 45 kms from here, on Srinagar-Gulmarg road which was rocked by violent protests last month. In a separate statement, National Conference said the party leaders have put in extra effort to seek an honourable solution to the Kashmir issue. 'The internal autonomy is the roadmap of the party for resolution of Kashmir issue. We will continue to demand restoration of 1953 position to the State,' the statement said adding 'our party is ready to accept any other solution better than autonomy'. The party urged India and Pakistan to intensify their efforts for addressing the Kashmir issue and smoothen and strengthen their ties.