JAMMU JANUARY 19- National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah today exhorted the cadre across Jammu and Kashmir to remain steadfast in their resolve of serving the people and strengthening bonds of inclusiveness—the political philosophy that has withstood the test of times.
“All eyes are watching how National Conference has emerged as a big political force in Jammu and Kashmir in its own right”, Dr Abdullah said in reference to the recently held elections to grass roots level democratic institutions, especially the District Development Councils while addressing the party functionaries and workers at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon.
The meeting reviewed the functioning of the party at district and block levels, especially in the wake of its performance in the recent elections. Besides Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana, senior party leaders were present on the occasion.
Dr Farooq Abdullah said that massive support despite numerous challenges is reflective of the deep faith of the people in the National Conference, which has met the challenges with courage and fortitude. The strength of the party emanates from the people at ground zero and there is a need to channelize this support for the betterment of the people, irrespective of caste, creed, region or religion. He said the National Conference has all along cherished the great values of the pluralistic ethos that has actually been a binding force between the regions and religions. This spirit has not only to be sustained but promoted in a big way to keep at bay the divisive forces, he added.
The NC President said a big mass outreach will be undertaken across Jammu and Kashmir to galvanise the party at the grassroots level. The politically empowered people hold key to change and given their sagacity and sense of understanding the day is not far when they will become the masters of their own destiny. He said the people were the real fountain of power and the power is not to rule but to serve humanity. This has been the core of our political philosophy, he maintained
Dr Farooq Abdullah complimented the people in general and the party cadre in particular for their commitment to the secular ethos and hoped that this glorious tradition will continue to inspire the generations. He said unity in diversity is the real strength of Jammu and Kashmir and “this is what has seen us overcome all the challenges”. He called for strengthening the cadre at all the levels.
Those present on the occasion included Ajay Kr. Sadhotra, Surjeet Singh Salathia, Rattan Lal Gupta, Javed Ahmed Rana, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Th. Kashirma Singh, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy, Abdul Gani Malik, Qazi Jalal Ud Din, Sheikh Abdul Rehman, Mirza Abdul Rashid, Jagjeevan Lal, Babu Rampaul, Brij Mohan Sharma, Haji Mohd Hussain, Jugal Mahajan, Bimla Luthra, Ajaz Jan, Deepender Kour, Dr. Chaman Lal, Prem Sagar Aziz, Ikhlaq Khan, Mohd Iqbal Bhat, Vijay Laxami Dutta, Satwant Kour Dogra, Swaran Latta, Dr. Gagan Bhagat, S. Gurdeep Singh Sasan, Chander Mohan Sharma, Anil Dhar, Pyare Lal Sharma, Tarshem Khullar, Pardeep Bali, Vijay Lochan, Abdul Gani Teli, Rajesh Bakshi, Dilshad Malik, Reeta Gupta, Daljeet Sharma, G.H Malik, Bagh Hussain Rathore, Issar Khan, S.S Bunty, Col Rashid Ahmed, Mehboob Iqbal, Muzaffar Iqbal Khan, Kr. Yashwardan Singh, Sajjad Shaheen, Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, Ravi Dogra, Som Nath Khajuria, Naresh Bittu, Romy Khajuria, Dr. Shamshad Shan, Mohd Arif Mir, Ashok Singh Manhas, Shama Akhter, Zamir Quershi, Ch. Iftkhair, S. Tejinder Singh, Mohd Munzil, Nitish Gowsami and Rohit Bali.