Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA and convenor of the Jammu and Kashmir People's United Front (JKPUF) Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has alleged that the political parties that have been ruling the state for decades were "creating mere illusions and selling dreams" for electoral gains, and now there was no room for illusion.
He said this in his address at the second convention of the JKPUF, the newly-formed umbrella organisation of several political outfits, at Kathua on Sunday.
In his address, Tarigami warned people against the forces which "feed on divisive and communal tendencies or regional and parochial mindset".
"Who has gained from divisive and communal politics? No one, but the advocates of this kind of politics," he said.
Highlighting the problems being faced by people in the state, he exhorted the public to arise out of its slumber and prepare for a "relentless, protracted and result-oriented" struggle.
He said the present "grim" scenario, which had compelled the majority to live a "sub-human" life, was rooted in the politico-economic frame created and perpetuated by the exploiting classes.
Former member of parliament and state president of Samajwadi Party Sheikh Abdul Rehman appealed to the people of the state to join the ranks of People's United Front.
Criticising the government for its "dismal performance", Rehman alleged that the present dispensation had failed to fulfill its promises, and had instead, taken anti-people measures for the benefit of a privileged few.