J&K At Crossroads Of Its Political History: Sagar

2 February 2015
Rising Kashmir

Jammu: National Conference General Secretary Ali Mohammed Sagar on Monday said that political stalemate in the wake of fractured mandate during the highly polarized assembly elections has established the fact that only secular forces can pull the diverse regions of Jammu and Kashmir together as a strong and vibrant single entity. 'The reactionary and divisive forces might have got away with polarizing and vitiating the democratic process but the damage done in the process has put the state at cross roads of its political history', Sagar said while addressing a meeting of the party functionaries from Doda and Ramban districts at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan. The meeting, held to discuss the performance of National Conference during the elections, was attended among others by Provincial President, Jammu Devender Singh Rana. Sagar said the mandate has put the PDP and BJP in a dilemma as the people have realized their sinister game-plan of dividing the regions on religious lines to remain glued to power. The PDP leadership, he said, has changed colours more frequently than chameleon and hoisted itself on the people in a different avatar to hoodwink the public opinion. 'In enthusiastic pursuit of grabbing power, they employed all tactics to hoodwink public opinion and mislead them during the elections', he said. Sagar said NC may not have fared well but the party did not compromise on its principled stand of upholding secular values and maintaining the single entity of the State. 'Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah's cherished slogan of 'Hindu, Muslim, Sikh unity' will remain guiding force for the party and its cadre,' The General Secretary said National Conference has surmounted numerous challenges during most testing times and there is no reason why the cadre will not overcome it yet again given the rich legacy bequeathed by towering leadership. Speaking on the occasion, NC's Provincial President Devender Singh Rana exuded confidence that party will bounce back in all three regions of the State. He said the party stands guarantee to upholding unity of the state even in turbulent situations. 'Notwithstanding setbacks in the parliamentary and assembly elections, the party cadre has galvanized itself around Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah with renewed commitment and the day is not far when National Conference will re-emerge as the premier party of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh', he said, adding that the foremost job of the party functionaries would be to introspect and identify the gray areas, which needed to be addressed on priority.