National Conference General Secretary Ali Mohammed Sagar said that political stalemate in the wake of fractured mandate during the highly polarized assembly elections has established the fact that only secular forces can pull the diverse regions of Jammu and Kashmir together as a strong and vibrant single entity.
“The reactionary and divisive forces might have got away with polarizing and vitiating the democratic process but the damage done in the process has put the state at cross roads of its political history”, Sagar told party functionaries from Doda and Ramban districts at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan.
Sagar said the mandate has put the PDP and BJP in a dilemma as the people have realized their sinister game-plan of dividing the regions on religious lines to remain glued to power. The PDP leadership, he said, has changed colours more frequently than chameleon during the past six decades and hoisted itself on the people in a different avatar to hoodwink the public opinion. “In enthusiastic pursuit of grabbing power, they employed all tactics to hoodwink public opinion and mislead them during the elections”, he said.
On the contrary, Sagar said, NC remained steadfast in its approach and carried out its electoral campaign in consonance with the sensitivities of the state. “We may not have fared well but NC did not compromise on its principled stand of upholding secular values and maintaining the single entity of the State”, he said, reasserting Sheikh Abdullah’s slogan of ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh unity’ will remain guiding force for the party and its cadre.