LS Polls Battle Between Secular, Communal Forces: Omar

LS Polls Battle Between Secular, Communal Forces: Omar

7 March 2014
Rising Kashmir


Jammu: Terming ensuing Lok Sabha elections as clash of ideologies and battle between secular and communal forces, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday exuded confidence about his party’s victory “on the basis of its commitment to public service and secular credentials”. “This is an opportunity for people to make a discernible choice between communal and secular forces,” he said while addressing party functionaries including sitting and former legislators from the Jammu division at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon. Omar said the polls will also be an endorsement of polices, programmes and performance of the government during over past five years. National Conference’s rank and file has been pressed into election gear across the state, with workers stepping up mass contact campaign, he said, adding the performance of his government has been inspiring and innovative, especially with respect to empowering people through Panchayat Raj Institutions and taking governance at grass roots level. He said NC is committed to strengthen secular forces by isolating divisive and communal elements who were posing a big threat to peace and harmony across the country. “We won’t allow them to vitiate the atmosphere by generating ill-will between communities for furthering their nefarious political agenda,” Omar said. Provincial President Devender Singh Rana also spoke on the occasion. “While being confident about registering massive win in Jammu and Kashmir, the party is looking forward to ensure that the victory comes with a big margin,” Rana said. He said the report card of Omar led coalition government has been enviable and the performance in various sectors of development appreciable. “This momentum has to be maintained to assuage the urges and aspirations of the people in all the three regions and their sub-regions,” Rana added. Those who addressed the meeting included senior party leaders, Minister for Planning and Development Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, MLAs Surjeet Singh Slathia, Kr Rachpal Singh and Aijaz Jan besides Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari, Abdul Gani Malik, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy, Ajayshatru Singh, Choudhry Talib Hussain and Mirza Abdul Rasheed. The meeting discussed election related issues and took several decisions to gear up the party at all the levels. Present in the meeting were legislators Dr. Shenaz Ganai and Bimla Luthra besides Rattan Lal Gupta, Th. Kashmira Singh, Vijay Lakshmi Dutta, Jugal Mahajan, Gurdeep Singh Sassan, Surinder Singh Bunty, District Presidents, District Secretaries, contested candidates and senior functionaries of various wings of National Conference.