Farooq Abdullah debunks BJP claim ‘all is well in J&K’

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JAMMU: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah today debunked the BJP claim about ‘all is well in Jammu and Kashmir, saying if so, how come even its activists are being killed in unfortunate militancy violence.

Addressing a day-long interactive session with the National Conference functionaries of the Jammu Province at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan, Dr Abdullah dwelt upon the overall scenario and also discussed the party affairs with senior colleagues.

He made a special reference to the acts of violence against the elected representatives and called for adequate security to those elected to Panchayat Raj Institutions, as they are required to visit their areas for the purposes of development and to listen to the people. Their security should not be jeopardized, he cautioned.

The National Conference President said the people; especially the youth, are encountered with numerous problems as the promises made have proved just a hoax. The unemployment is on the rise and the educated unemployed are undergoing a phase of despair. The trend is needed to be arrested by opening up vistas of opportunities in terms of employment generation and recruitment on the fast track basis.

Dr Abdullah, however, expressed optimism about things changing for the better in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the National Conference has to play a vital role in this regard. He called for further rejuvenating the party at the grass-roots level and enhancing the public outreach at all levels. He said the National Conference cadre has to get further activated to meet the challenges. Dejected and disillusioned people are looking towards the National Conference with hope and we have to prepare ourselves to meet their aspirations”, he said and asked the functionaries to mobilize workers for identifying the problems and agitating these at appropriate fora.

“We are passing through most difficult times and there is a crucial need of maintaining guard against polarizing forces by upholding our unity”, Dr Farooq Abdullah said adding that division of the society is inimical to our glorious ethos. He said practicing hate is a new low in politics that brings one segment of society face to face against another which is detrimental for amity and brotherhood.

National Conference President said the onus lies on youth to sensitise the people against divisive politics being injected into the polity thus vitiating the atmosphere with sinister objectives.

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