Cautioning people against disruptive and communal elements, provincial president of National Conference (NC) Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday said that Jammu and Kashmir has to flourish as a single entity and abode of various faiths, as per its ethos.
Addressing a day-long convention of All-Jammu and Kashmir Central Paramilitary Forces Welfare Association on Wednesday afternoon, Rana castigated Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for their hidden agenda of dividing the people on communal and regional lines.
Rana took on PDP for its 'duplicity', saying its leaders were exploiting the sentiments of people in Kashmir by describing the state as a colony of India and speaking quite contrary to it when in Jammu. "PDP stands exposed for the double standards it has been pursuing in lust of power,"he said.
Taking a dig at BJP for pursuing their own set of nationalism, Rana said their jugglery cannot work in dividing the people on religious lines. "They are suffering from a unique syndrome of treating those who support them as nationalists and others not so nationalist,"he said and reminded BJP leaders that India belongs to all, irrespective of their regional or religious affiliations.
He exhorted the people to alienate communal forces in order to retain the unique secular character of the State and the nation. Referring to measures being taken by the government for economic emancipation and employment generation, Rana said that the CM had taken up with the Centre the issue regarding special recruitment package for youngsters residing in the border belts from Kathua to Gurez.