In his clarion call to people to beware of divisive and disruptive forces, the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that such elements come into public ranks in different garbs and attempt to create a wedge in society for vested interests.
He asked people to foil nefarious designs of such forces by exhibiting firm faith and confidence in unity, amity and brotherhood.
Addressing a public meeting at Kalakote in Rajouri district, the chief minister said that people of this cult would come from within and outside the state to test the strength and temperament of people and try to divide them through deceitful means.
“Their game is to create differences in the name of region and religion among different sections of society,” Omar said and impressed upon the people to uphold the high principles of harmony and mutual trust and defeat divisive forces outrightly. He said that strength of Jammu and Kashmir was in its pluralistic ethos. “Let us nurture it positively to achieve the goal of prosperity,” he added.
Omar, who is also working president of National Conference, said that unity, solidarity and harmony among various sections of the society has been the guiding policy in the political agenda of his party and equitable development of all regions and sub-regions was the bedrock of NC's politics, adding that the party would continue to move ahead with this goal.
He said that functioning of grassroots workers and political leaders in unison and on same wavelength was essentially important to give strength to the party and its programmes. He asked the party workers to make public the historic initiatives and path-breaking measures taken by his government for the welfare of common people and their empowerment. “You have to apprise the people about these measures and make them get maximum benefits of the initiatives put in place by the government for public good,” Omar referred to the Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA) and asked the workers to acquaint people about the powers government has given to them under this Act.
Showering praises on Kalakote MLA, Rashpal Singh, the chief minister said that Singh's extraordinary work as vice-chairman of Kisan Board had given a boost to the board's functioning. “I required him in the party to strengthen it further,” he said.
Omar said for this reason he had also shifted his political adviser, Devender Singh Rana, to handle party matters. He also mentioned the work done by former vice-chairman, Pahari Board, Mushtaq Ahmad Bukhari, and said that he was also shifted to look after party affairs.