NC-Congress to Fight 2014 Elections Jointly: Omar

‘Had we not made mistake of not fighting together, PDP would be non-existent’ 

SRINAGAR (KNS) – Stressing upon coordination between National Conference and Congress workers for the coalition candidates’ victory in the upcoming Legislative Council elections, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said fighting the LC elections jointly was a preparation for contesting the 2014 elections in an alliance by the two parties.

“Had the two of our parties not made a mistake and contested the 2008 elections jointly, the picture would have been different and PDP would have been non-existent”, Omar said while addressing a rally of workers at Bandipora. He said the coalition between the two parties is natural and will get further strengthened in future.

In a move that surprised everyone, Omar held and raised the hand of Congress leader Usman Majid asking him to be prepared for 2014 elections. “You won’t have to paste posters on your own. Be prepared for victory in the coming elections”, he told Majid on the podium.

He asked the Panches and Sarpanches to show their unity and commitment and ensure thumping victory for the joint candidates of the two parties in Legislative Council Election for the seats reserved for Panchayats.

“Let you exhibit by your verdict in favour of NC-Congress joint candidates in MLCs elections that the coalition between the two parties is for the highest cause of public service and in the larger interest of the State and the Country”, said Omar while addressing gatherings of Panches and Sarpanches at Bandipora, Sumbal and Sopore today.

Omar said that the coalition government held Panchayat elections to make grass root level public representatives powerful to participate in the formation of development policy and its implementation on ground. “We are committed for a powerful and effective Panchayat Raj in the State”, he said adding that the success of the coalition is in the success of Panchayat Raj.

Addressing panchs and sarpanchs, Omar said, “We will never let you fail, we will make you vibrant and strong and that is why we got Panchayat election held because we didn’t want J&K to be run by Jammu or Srinagar but by you yourself”

“Dar Sahib and Monga Sahib are my candidates, Farooq sahib’s candidates, Rahul Gandhi’s candidates and Sonia Gandhi’s candidate vote for them and you will vote for all of us” said Omar.

Omar Abdullah said that the performance of the Government is the highest tool in the hands of workers of coalition partners to blunt the false propaganda of frustrated elements against the government and the coalition.

“Path breaking decisions taken by the government to empower people, give them authority to question administration and carry forward holistic development in all sectors across the State along with new initiatives for restoration of peace and stability are glaring examples of the determination and commitment of coalition government to work for peaceful and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir” said Omar.

Omar referred to the holding of Panchayat elections after a long period of 30 years, transferring power to these institutions, enactment and implementation of Public Services Guarantee Act, constitution of State Information Commission under Right to Information Act, reconstitution of Accountability Commission, universalization of third party monitoring and e-governance besides strengthening institutions to bring in transparency in the functioning of administration and reducing corruption.

“Our work done on development and peace restoration fronts are visible at ground and cannot be eclipsed by the propaganda of propagandist elements. We are not like them to create hype in public and media by falsehood tactics. Our report card is our credential and people will judge us on our performance”, he said adding that coalition government works silently and achieves the goals one after one which themselves speak louder and clear for it.

Without naming PDP , the working President National Conference castigated this party and its leadership for unlashing uncalled for and false propaganda against the government and coalition. Reminding the people of the state of affairs on peace and development fronts during the tenure of PDP, Omar said that those in whose tenure their own legislators and ministers were attacked, cricket playing children got killed, people offering prayers were hit and the common people lived in fear psychosis aught not to talk of the status of situation at present which is visibly better and substantially moving towards further improvement.

“For the power lust they can go to any extent. They can use Raj Bhawan and gun simultaneously to gain power. They can put the society to fire, burn mosques and temples and make different sections of the society to fight each other just for making their way towards chair and be in power. They have nothing to do with democracy. They were the people who torpedoed the democratic institutions whenever they got the chance. They have no concerned whether Panchayats flourish or not.

They were against holding of Panchayat elections, how could they be in favour of strengthening and empowering these institutions”, he said and cautioned the Panches and Sarpanches against the designs of these elements.

The meeting was also addressed by Mohammad Akbar Lone, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Taj Mohuddin, Javed Dar besides NC-Congress candidates for Kashmir division Ali Mohammad Dar and Mr. Gh. Nabi Monga.

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