Politicking On Religion, Region Worrisome: Rather

Politicking On Religion, Region Worrisome: Rather

14 December 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs Abdul Rahim Rather Saturday stated that tendency of politicking on the basis of religion, region, caste and creed was worrisome as it had disastrous consequences not only on the integrity of whole country but on the secular fabric of state too, which was both politically as well as topographically a sensitive region in the whole sub continent. He asked the secular and peace loving people to alienate all the disruptive forces inimical to the peace, tranquility and development. Without naming BJP and PDP, the Minister enjoined upon political parties to shun, what he chose to describe as, “their myopic and conservative mind set and play moral based politics instead banking upon policy of lie and deceit.” “Public opinion can’t be hoodwinked falsely for a long,” Rather maintained. He was addressing a public gathering at Kaneera in tehsil Chadoora, after laying foundation stone of Rs 1.89 Cr Primary Health Center building. Ridiculing divisive elements for exploiting religious and regional sentiments of the innocent people to satiate their petty political interests, Rather called for united efforts to defeat their nefarious design to disintegrate the secular fabric of the state, which had been the hallmark of state’s rich culture and ethos. He assured the people that promises made to the people would be fulfilled earnestly adding that the upcoming hospital building would have 14 rooms at ground floor and 10 rooms in the first floor having all modern diagnostic and medical treatment facilities. He announced a new water supply scheme for Kaneera costing Rs 3 Cr having one lakh gallon capacity with 25000 gallon capacity service reservoir. He also directed the concerned officers and engineers to work honestly with dedication to redress grievances of the people. He vowed to make his constituency a model adding that there was any habitation left which was without road connectivity. Rather asked the people to judge governments by their performance adding that the report card of the present government for last five years was before the people for the purpose. Virtually launching election campaign for ensuing parliamentary elections in his constituency, the Finance Minister asked the people to elect honest and dedicated candidates who had credibility in the society and were able to serve the people with commitment. He said exercising the franchise was people’s fundamental right and it should be safeguarded from the affects and domination of materialism and communalization.