NC will win even under President''s rule: Omar
7 July 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: National Conference president Omar Abdullah on Sunday exuded confidence that his party would win hands down even if the Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir are held under President''s rule. ''NC has the unflinching support of the people across the state who are fully aware about the programmes and policies as well as the sacrifices made by the party to secure democratic rights and ensure faster socio- economic development despite many challenges,'' he told well attended public meetings at Paddar, Nagsaini and Dachhan areas in Doda district. ''Even if President''s rule is imposed in the state prior to the polls as demanded by our adversaries, NC will win hands down as it has done in the past,'' he said. He cautioned the people against falling prey to disgruntled politicians, who have no solid agenda for their welfare but are trying to ''hoodwink'' them by inciting regional and religious sentiments. Omar said the process of devolution of powers to panchayats has been started so that these grass root-level democratic institutions could discharge their role effectively in the socio-economic transformation of the rural areas. Despite constraints, thousands of youth have been given employment during the last six years, he claimed. Efforts would be made to provide government join to at least one member of each family and for the purpose, rules would be suitably amended to introduce recruitment process at the block-level. Omar said identity cards were not mandatory for casting votes. It is not possible for the people living in far-flung areas to get these cards when elections were round the corner.