VIJAYPUR: National Conference State Secretary and former minister, Mr Surjeet Singh Slathia on Sunday called for united front against divisive forces, saying unity in diversity has been strong characteristic of the country and the state, which is to be nurtured by foiling the machinations of elements inimical to brotherhood and peace. “We have to put in our best to steer the state out of morass and lead it to peace, progress and development”, Mr Slathia said while addressing Sarpanches, Panches, Corporators and National Conference delegates from the Vijaypur Assembly Constituency here this afternoon.
Mr Slathia said Jammu and Kashmir has passed through a turbulent phase during the past few years with the insensitive PDP-BJP coalition working at cross purposes and in the process ignoring the legitimate aspirations of the people. He said the state suffered on all fronts and now all eyes were upon National Conference to correct the wrongs committed by the insensitive government during the past three and half years.
While recalling the role of National Conference in political empowerment of the people and socio-economic transformation of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Slalthia dwelt in length the initiatives taken in strengthening democracy and forging the bonds of amity between various sections of the people. He said Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah had envisioned a strong, prosperous and secular state which is enshrined in his famous charter of Naya Jammu and Kashmir.
“This concept continues to be guiding force for the party”, he said and referred to revolutionary steps taken under the stewardship of Dr Farooq Abdullah and Mr Omar Abdullah in realizing this vision by empowering the people politically, economically and educationally. He said National Conference reflects the genuine urges and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir State, which is blend of different faiths and cultures. “It is a unique state representing the ethos of unity in diversity”, he maintained.
Referring to upcoming elections, Mr Slathia exuded confidence that the people will ensure victory of Mr Raman Bhalla and Mr Vikramaditya Singh with a huge margin from Jammu-Poonch and Udhampur-Kathua parliamentary constituencies respectively. Those who addressed the workers included NC District President Mohinder Gupta Vice President NC Mr Vijay Singh, District Secretary NC Mr Om Parkash Attri Block President Mr Bhagwan Singh, Block President Mr Mohan Singh and Block President Mr Mohan Singh Patti. They highlighted the problems faced to the people across the Constituency and urged the administration to take effective steps in mitigating these. Youth President NC Mr Riyaz Malik, City President Mr Sodagar Gupta and Ex Chairman Municipal Committee Bari Brahmana Mr Raman Gupta were also present on the occasion.