Balakote - Saying 2014 elections will change the political discourse in Jammu and Kashmir, Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Thursday exuded confidence that people would stamp out deceptive elements and give decisive mandate to National Conference to steer the State to a new era of peace and development.
The contours of the government will be decided by the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and not by New Delhi, he said amid applause while addressing a public meeting in village Guloota, on the Line of Control, in Balakote of Mendhar constituency this afternoon.
Winding up his weeklong tour of the Poonch district, along with senior party leaders, Rana said those believing in power flowing from above were undermining the political sagacity of people and disrespecting their self esteem. He recalled Sheikh Abdullahs faith in the people of Jammu and Kashmir and said that his cherished belief of people being the real fountain head of power shall always remain guiding principle for the National Conference.
The Provincial President referred to unblemished role of National Conference in public service during the past over seven decades and said it has never compromised with the interests of people or played with their sentiments. We place people and the State above everything else, he said while recalling the bold decision of the party leadership in 1990 to quit rather than being party to the sufferings of the people.
People know who contributed to the miseries of people when they were braving a very difficult situation unfolded by peace inimical elements, he said and referred to the unpleasant steps taken by vested interests in New Delhi to vitiate the already surcharged atmosphere in the troubled state for deriving political mileage. National Conference had no option but to quit in the larger public interest and for the dignity and honour of the people of the State, he said.
Taking a dig at Peoples Democratic Partys brazen attempts of hoodwinking public opinion, Rana said that they did not care for the people and indulged in inciting the people on regional lines. Now, they have adopted a unique strategy of raking up urban versus rural discrimination bogey in respect of development, he said while referring to the PDP campaign of ignoring Srinagar or Anantnag in respect of development. He said National Conference believes in inclusive and holistic development of all the regions and their sub-region irrespective of political considerations. He called BJP a proxy of BJP in the state.
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