Rana decries ‘politics of hate and divide’, slams PDP-BJP government
National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Sunday slammed the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir for "challenging the dignity of Kashmiris, the pride of Dogras and the innocence of Ladakhis to keep their irrelevant dispensation relevant and relish the loaves of power."
"Hunger for power of the opportunistic alliance is overtly and covertly weakening the very idea of Jammu and Kashmir at the behest of Nagpur (RSS headquarters)," Rana said, addressing a day-long convention of National Conference here.
He expressed concern over "growing intervention of Nagpur" in daily affairs of Jammu and Kashmir, saying this "alarming tendency can have serious ramifications for the unity and tranquility of the state."
"A vicious atmosphere is being generated and mistrust created by bringing the people and the regions eyeball-to-eyeball situation over various sensitive issues," he said, referring to the controversies being raked up over state subject laws and presence of Rohingyas and Bangaladeshis in Jammu. He reiterated the stand of National Conference over the issue of Rohingyas, saying they should be dealt in accordance with the Foreign Nationals Act and deported to their respective countries with dignity.
On state subject laws, Rana said the BJP had "unleashed a provocative propaganda", ignoring the "historic significance of this provision and the circumstances that had led the Maharaja to enact Permanent Residence Act for safeguarding the interests of the people, irrespective of caste, creed, colour or region."
"The BJP has completely failed in its sinister mission of inciting and swaying the people of Jammu who realize the crucial importance of this legislation for their honorable survival," he said. "We decry the politics of hate and divide, as we are inheritors of Sher-e-Kashmir's all-time relevant slogan of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist Unity," Rana said, cautioning the people against "divisive politics being played by the coalition partners which has already alienated Kashmir from the mainstream."
He said the state is passing through "most difficult times and if the situation is not handled with political farsightedness and sagacity, the consequences could be grave not only for Jammu and Kashmir but the entire country."
"While the insensitive coalition has failed in assuaging urges and aspirations of the people on political front, its record in governance is quite dismal. The state is virtually witnessing mis-governance with government nowhere to be seen on ground," he said, adding: "If at all there is any visibility of the PDP and BJP anywhere in the state, it is for all the wrong reasons of exploiting people and inciting them to fight each other.
"In such a grim scenario, the role of National Conference as a public movement, representing the urges and aspirations of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh becomes more pronounced," Rana said and urged the cadre to "realize their crucial responsibilities."
He said National Conference cannot "afford to be a fence-sitter when the state remains standing at a crossroads where the secular credentials, nurtured by Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammed Abdullah all his life, are at stake in the wake of elements inimical to amity and tranquility taking center-stage."He made a passionate appeal to the people to "maintain vigil against the elements inimical to the inclusiveness of the State."