Expressing confidence that the people of the Doda region will vote "decisively and wisely" in favour of the Congress in the coming assembly elections, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the voice that will rise from this region will become the voice of the people of the state.
He said that this is a historic opportunity for the people of the Doda region to assert themselves and retain their importance in the political landscape of Jammu and Kashmir
"The people of the state in general and the Doda region in particular have always given me a lot of love and affection and I have always tried my level best to serve the people with dedication and humility", said Azad while expressing hope that they will again display enough political sagacity to sustain the momentum that infrastructure building, developmental process and decentralised governance have received with the emergence of the Congress on the political scene of JK after 2002.
Azad was speaking in public meetings at Khari and Ukerhal areas of Banihal constituency.
He said that the people of the Doda region fully realise the fact that political weight of the region came to be recognised after 2002 when they reposed faith and confidence in the Congress and developmental activities received a major thrust in the area after 2005. He added that he is confident that the people of this region will again vote very wisely and will not allow "exploitative forces to dilute its improved political status and weightage".
Cautioning the people to beware of those forces who want to divide the votes of people in order to further their own nefarious agenda, Azad exhorted the people to come out in huge numbers to vote for the Congress in the assembly elections.
On the efforts made by the Congress both at the Centre and in the state, Azad said that two significant gifts which the Congress and the UPA government have given to the state are four-laning of Jammu-Srinagar national highway and the railway project connecting Jammu-Katra-Banihal-Srinagar-Baramulla, and both these projects have brought transformation in the socio-economic profile of the people of Banihal.