Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wasn’t able to carry forward the legacy of late Atal Bihari Vajpayee saying that Jammu & Kashmir will be listed as the biggest failures of Modi government.
Addressing a gathering of North, South and Central Zone workers here at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha Party’s General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said, “No sooner the general elections were over; elections dust had settled. It was thought that Prime Minister Modi will behave like a statesman by following the legacy of late Atal Bihari Vajpayee but to our dismay, the incumbent BJP led government turned Kashmir into an abhorrent laboratory of its experiment of communal politics.”
Sagar said valley witnessed a steep rise in local youth joining militancy after current dispensation took over in Delhi. “The situation in the border areas is no different; the ceasefire violations also saw a worrying increase,” he said adding that BJP hobnobbing with PDP saw growing saffron mobilization in Jammu reverberations of which were equally felt in the valley.
Sagar said, people still remember Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the man who despite his Jan Sangh past, extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan and also offered dialogue to the separatists. “However Modi didn’t follow the footsteps of Late Atal ji. Kashmiris had pinned high hopes on Modi, thinking that he would look beyond political calculations, permutations in order to address the political dimensions of Jammu & Kashmir,” he said.
“The catch-words like ‘Gali say Nahi, Galey laganey say’ ‘kashmiriyat, Jamhuriyat, Insaniyat’ were abused beyond exaggerated levels and were never implemented on the ground,” Sagar said.
“Modiji says development is the solution. However Kashmiri react to this with disbelief because they have been seeing with their naked eyes how careless and indifferent the current BJP government is vis-à-vis developmental needs of Kashmir,” he said.
Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani while exuding confidence into the workers said, “We have to show steadfastness towards strengthening the efforts of Omar Abdullah.”
Nasir said that people are poised to give National Conference a strong mandate in the forthcoming elections. “Peace is a prerequisite for development and peace cannot be achieved without addressing the problems of youth. Once in power we will work vigorously towards permanent peace and sustainable development,” he said.
Among others party’s treasurer Shammi Oberoi, district president Srinagar Peer Afaq, Sheikh Rafi and Mushtaq Guroo were also present on the occasion.