National Conference provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday asserted there cannot be any compromise with interests of Jammu.
He said recognition of this fact was reflected in the document compiled by National Conference years ago with regard to satiating the regional and sub-regional aspirations.
“Equal opportunities of progress and development are imperative for harmonious growth of Jammu and Kashmir,” Rana said at a function here.
Rana lamented that Jammu interests were hugely compromised in recent years, especially during the coalition dispensations between 2015 and 2019, which witnessed the region getting neglected in respect of development, implementation of welfare schemes and even employment.
He said the entire development exercise undertaken over the years got fractured due to administrative naivety and vested interest of those at the helm, adding Jammu was still struggling to come out of the trauma unleashed in the nightmarish rule.
He said the “penalty of mandating the exploiters” to power was being borne by every segment of Jammu society, especially educated unemployed, who were denied equal opportunities in employment carried out by various recruiting agencies.
“The self-styled champions of Jammu cause played mute to grave injustice meted out to youth because self interest was dearer to them than Jammu interest,” he observed.
The provincial President said ignoring Jammu interests tantamount to insulting the self-respecting people, who have always been large hearted.
“The exploiters in the political set up misinterpreted the magnanimity of Jammuities as ignorance and kept bartering their interest for their own vested interest, which is no more a secret,” Rana said.
He said time was not far when people will make the exploiters accountable for their sins committed against Jammu.
Rana said National Conference has and will continue to raise the issues facing people and fight any sort of injustice meted out to them.
“We won’t compromise with Jammu interest,” Rana said.
Welcoming the new entrants into the party fold, the provincial President said National Conference was a natural destination for well meaning and public spirited who want to serve people, irrespective of caste, creed, region or religion.
He hoped with their joining the party will become strong at the grassroots level and serve people better. He said National Conference was the only political party which was visible from Lakhanpur to Uri and Poonch to Chishul in Ladakh.