JAMMU: National Conference leader, South- Kashmir Zone President and former MLC Dr Bashir Ahmed Veeri on Saturday called for early elections to Legislative Assembly in Jammu and Kashmir, saying democratically elected government alone can steer the State to peace, progress and development, a statement issued here said.
“A strong and stable government is key to surmounting challenges facing to the State, Dr Veeri said while addressing Kashmiri migrants, organized by NC Minority Cell at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon.
Dr Veeri exuded confidence that given the support of the people in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, National Conference will register massive victory in the upcoming elections. He said coalition culture is not suited to the state that has undergone a phase of political instability in recent years. He particularly referred to the misgoverance of PDP-BJP dispensation during over three years and said all segments of the society including Kashmiri migrants were pushed to the wall. The problems faced by the displaced people are manifold which call for focused attention for redressal, he added.
Dr Veeri expressed concern over attempts of polarization being made by divisive political outfits for petty gains in the upcoming elections and cautioned the people to guard against their machinations. He lashed out these frustrated parties for exploiting regional and religious sentiments of the people to vitiate the atmosphere ahead of elections. He said division of people on religious lines is a biggest challenge that has to be countered by effectively promoting the spirit of inconclusiveness. He said Jammu and Kashmir has to flourish and progress as a single entity with opportunities of progress to all.
National Conference leader emphasized the role of the party cadre in strengthening the bonds of harmony, amity and brotherhood, bequeathed by Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, who rejected myopic political philosophy during the most difficult phase of the history. He said history stands testimony to the role of National Conference in promoting the bonds of amity during the times when the entire subcontinent was engulfed by communal frenzy.
“This spirit has to be maintained as unity in diversity is strength of the state like Jammu and Kashmir”, Dr Veeri added.
Addressing the meeting, NC Minority Cell President Mr M K Yogi recalled the initiatives taken by successive National Conference governments from time to time in mitigating the problems of migrants and said these measures received a major setback during the PDP-BJP dispensation.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included : Mr M. L Raina, Mr Ashok Kumar Dhar , Mr Baskar Bavani, Master Chaman Lal, Mr Harmohinder Singh, Mr Nana Ji Dembi, Mr Abhay Bakaya, Mr Bal Krishan Bhat, Mr Rattan Lal Mala, Mrs Tripta Kumari, Mrs Bimla Kachroo, Mrs Sunita Raina, Mrs Anjali Bhat, Mr Dilip Kumar, Mr Rajinder Dhar, Mr Sandeep and others.