NC Rally in Jammu: Perform or Perish, Rana tells Govt



NC rally in Jammu led by its provincial president Devender Singh Rana.
NC rally in Jammu led by its provincial president Devender Singh Rana.

Intensifying ‘mass resistance’ against the “anti-people policies” of PDP-BJP combine in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference Tuesday took out a massive rally in the winter capital to register protest against “failure of the government” on all fronts.

“This sea of people is reflection of the disenchantment over abject collapse of administrative edifice and verdict against the irresponsible and insensitive government,” Provincial President Devender Singh Rana said while addressing the protesters near Civil Secretariat with police barricading the rally, a party statement said this afternoon.

The Provincial President held the government squarely responsible for “creating mess” in just over three months of taking over the reins of administration and putting the state virtually at the “brink of collapse”.

He said the engine of development is “gaining rust and the atmosphere of peace and tranquillity has become a fact of the past”.

“What really are you doing after making lot of promises and showing dreams to the people,” Rana asked the government, advising it either to perform or perish.

He said the public patience and resilience should not be taken for granted. “What looks a subtle resistance this time can burst into volcano if the government goes ahead with its dangerous policies of antagonizing youth, putting brakes on development, showing scant concern towards normal functioning of the utility services and vitiating the atmosphere,” he maintained.

“After historic and massive rally led by Working President Omar Abdullah in heart of the Srinagar city, first in the past twenty five year, the current rally is a public judgment on performance of the coalition government,” Rana said, adding that this resistance is not going to end.

Rana elaborately dwelt on the problems faced by the people with special reference to those living in the Jammu region. He said the power and water supply is erratic while the condition of roads has become vulnerable due to negligence thus putting the lives of pedestrians and commuters to grave risk. There is no semblance of the government as demoralized, defunct and rudderless administration putting an unsuccessful front to meet the aspirations of the people.

“How can you live in such a scorching heat without minimum possible electricity and drinking water,” he quipped and asked the government to put its act together and get going in the governmental business rather than indulging in deviatory and diversionary tactics.

“The rallyists crossed several barricades while giving stiff resistance and braving mild cane charge to reach the Civil Secretariat. But the police put a strong posse near the seat of power and halted the rally of agitated National Conference workers, mostly women and youth. They raised slogans against the ‘reckless government’ and carried placards depicting governmental failures on developmental front and jeopardising peace and normalcy,” the statement said.

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