'Cong will emerge as the single largest party in polls'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Aug 02, 2014 19:46 IST

Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Saifuddin Soz and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Saturday that the Congress would emerge as the single largest party in the upcoming assembly elections. Addressing workers of the Udhampur and Reasi districts at a party convention on Saturday, the two leaders said party cadres were upbeat about the upcoming elections despite the party's poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections, which reflected the fact that the people still believed that the party would foster development and facilitate transparency in governance.

Earlier this month, the party had announced that it would contest all the 87-seats alone as it had snapped ties with the National Conference.

Speaking on the Kousar Nag Yatra controversy, the two leaders felt that the district administration should not make compromises while handling law and order problems. They said communal harmony had to be maintained in the state at any cost and those trying to vitiate the atmosphere should be prosecuted.

The government had recently denied permission to Kashmiri Pandits to perform the Kousar Nag Yatra in Kulgam district. The government had issued directions after opposition from separatist leaders on the issue. Separatists opposing the yatra had called for a bandh in Srinagar on Saturday, following which the government imposed prohibitory orders in the region.

Cabinet ministers Sham Lal Sharma, Raman Bhalla, and party spokesperson Ravinder Sharma also participated in the party convention.

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