Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today asked office-bearers of the National Conference to reach out to masses to counter what he said propagandist elements whose only aim is to seek power and damage Kashmiriyat.
"Make people recognise their friends and foes. Do not get astrayed by those who dance to the tune of their masters outside the state and who owe their existence to the forces against Kashmiriyat," he said.
The Chief Minister was interacting with National Conference office-bearers in separate meetings at Khag, Berwah and Magam in central Kashmir.
Without naming any one, Omar said "since these elements could not succeed in their sinister design because they found the National Conference only stumbling block, they hatched a deep conspiracy to weaken the party and indirectly implement their ultimate objective by dividing the society for their vested interests through their local agents."
"The NC has witnessed many vicissitudes and faced different challenges during its long political span and struggle but the party has always emerged victorious defeating all troubles and difficulties," Omar, who is also working president of the National Conference, said.
He said history is witness to the "conspiracies" hatched against National Conference through "false propaganda and machinations" time and again.
"You have witnessed flocking of all anti-National Conference forces in the past to dislodge its strong political base and popularity in the state but you have also witnessed the determination and bravery of the workers of this party to steer the ship out of all troubles defeating the disgruntled and vested interests."
Omar said he as the Chief Minister as also the Leader of the Opposition has always highlighted the need of addressing political issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir politically across the table making it clear that 'K-issue' has political genesis and it cannot be addressed through economic measures.
“Many do not digest it and as such are engaged in false propaganda against the NC," he said.
Omar said his government empowered people to the maximum by enacting legislations like Right to Information Act and Public Service Guarantee Act.
Re-constitution of the Accountability Commission, constitution of the Vigilance Commission, introduction of third party monitoring and election and empowerment of Panchayats are other initiatives of his government, he said.
"The list of development initiatives taken by his government and thousands of works launched, implemented and commissioned during the last five-and-a-half-year across the state itself speak of the government's performance towards public good," he said.