Srinagar: Alleging that previous PDP-BJP government has alienated Gujjar-Bakerwal community,National Conference (NC) on Monday said that tribal development, promotion and safeguarding the interests of the community have always been on the developmental agenda of party.
“Our party has always given special attention to Gujjar community by channelizing the resources to stimulate growth amongst the vulnerable tribal communities including Gujjars,” NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said here while addressing a delegation of Gujjar community comprising of political and social activists, educated youth from Bandipora.
Mr Sagar alleged that indomitable Gujjar community of the state was dealt with disdain by the previous BJP-PDP government.
“Gujjar community of the state has undergone worst kind of discrimination after BJP-PDP coalition took over the reigns of state. Although every sphere of life received a jolt with the BJP-PDP coming to power, the Gujjar community in particular fell of the development radar of former coalition partners,” he alleged.
“After PDP-BJP joined hands, divisive forces openly started intimidating vulnerable Gujjar community. Many Gujjar and Bakarwal families were attacked upon by the errant mobs, their residences destroyed, their cattle attacked,” he further alleged.
Mr Sagar alleged that Mehbooba Mufti when in coalition with BJP had shut her eyes to the woes of Gujjar families whose troubles knew no limits during the BJP-PDP rule. “We in our party believe that no idea of development is possible without the indomitable Gujjar community being a part of it,” he said, adding “Our party has a legacy of serving Gujjar and Bakarwal community.”