NC will fight next assembly election alone, says Farooq

NC will fight next assembly election alone, says Farooq

Vows to bring legislation on ‘regional autonomy’ after forming the government

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said on Tuesday that the party would contest the next assembly election “alone” and bring a legislation on regional autonomy in the first session of the legislature after forming the government.

Addressing party workers here, Farooq said the National Conference is confident of securing a massive mandate on its own “given the support of the people at ground zero.”

“We won’t ally with any party,” he said, adding that a stable, strong and people-friendly government is the “answer to problems facing Jammu and Kashmir.”

Immediately after forming the government, the National Conference president said that the party would bring a legislation in the first assembly session on regional autonomy.

“This will empower every segment of the society and every region and sub-region politically and economically,” he said, according to an official spokesperson.

He asked the party cadre to gear up for the “big challenge” and work for further strengthening the National Conference at various levels.

Farooq lambasted the BJP for “dividing the nation on the basis of religion.”

This dispensation, he said, has “negated the vision of freedom fighters who gave sacrifices to free India from the shackles of the British.”

“At that point of time, the freedom stalwarts did not think in terms of Hindus, Muslims or Sikhs but their paramount mission was to seek freedom for India, the abode of all faiths,” he said, adding that the divisive forces have “trampled the spirit of freedom.”

He, however, exuded confidence that “this gloomy era will be over soon and the day will come when the India of Mahatma Gandhi will be retrieved again.”

Coming down heavily on right-wing organisation RSS, the National Conference president said that during the freedom struggle, its top brass praised the British and “now its ranks are honouring the killer of the Father of Nation.”

“During the 1975 emergency, the RSS supported Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, according to a book penned by Rajeshwar Rao, and said that the support was in lieu of forced family planning of Muslims during those horrendous days,” Farooq said.

He also questioned the neutrality of the BJP-led NDA government over the US acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Like the United Kingdom, France and other countries, New Delhi should have taken a position over the disputed status of Jerusalem,” he said and assailed the US president Donald Trump for his “illogical decision.”

The National Conference president also referred to circumstances leading to “safe passage” of militants at Kandhar during the tenure of Atal Behari Vajpayee as Prime Minister and said that the situation has “now taken such a turn that India’s pleas in the United Nations over declaration of Maulana Azhar as a global terrorist are being vetoed by China.”

“The BJP must have some sort of introspection and must remember the nation wants sacrifices,” he said and accused the party of “sowing seeds of hate and intolerance in the country.”

He cautioned the people against the BJP’s “machinations” and said that National Conference will have to “play its designated role in strengthening the bonds of amity and brotherhood between various segments of society and regions of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Among others, NC’s additional general secretary Sheikh Mustafa Kamal and provincial president Devender Singh Rana were present on the occasion.