Secular forces alone can unite people, regions in JK: Sagar

Secular forces alone can unite people, regions in JK: Sagar

Sagar said the mandate has put the PDP and BJP in a dilemma as the people have realized their sinister game-plan of dividing the regions on religious lines to remain glued to power.

National Conference (NC) general secretary Ali Muhammed Sagar Monday said the political stalemate in the wake of fractured mandate during the highly polarized assembly elections has established the fact that only secular forces can put the diverse regions of Jammu and Kashmir together as a strong and vibrant single entity.

“The reactionary and divisive forces might have got away with polarizing and vitiating the democratic process but the damage done in the process has put the state at crossroads of its political history”, Sagar said while addressing a meeting of the party functionaries from Doda and Ramban districts at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here.

The meeting, held to discuss the performance of NC during the elections, was attended among others by Provincial President, Jammu Devender Singh Rana.

Sagar said the mandate has put the PDP and BJP in a dilemma as the people have realized their sinister game-plan of dividing the regions on religious lines to remain glued to power. The PDP leadership, he said, has changed colors more frequently than chameleon during the past six decades and hoisted itself on the people in different avatars to hoodwink the public opinion. “In enthusiastic pursuit of grabbing power, they employed all tactics to hoodwink public opinion and mislead them during the elections”, he said.

The General Secretary said NC has surmounted numerous challenges during most testing times and there is no reason why the cadres will not overcome it yet again given the rich legacy bequeathed by towering leadership.

Speaking on the occasion, Provincial President exuded confidence that National Conference will bounce back with matching force at the strength of its well-knit cadre and visibility in all the three regions. He said the party stands guarantee to upholding unity of the state even in turbulent situations.

“Notwithstanding setbacks in the parliamentary and assembly elections, the party cadre has galvanized itself around Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah with renewed commitment and the day is not far when National Conference will re-emerge as the premier party of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh”, he said, adding that the foremost job of the party functionaries would be to introspect and identify the gray areas, which needed to be addressed on priority.

While presenting their observations on the party performance in recent elections, the senior functionaries of the twin-districts assured the leadership that the cadre was fully prepared to meet the challenge.