SRINAGAR: A delegation of prominent political leaders of three political parties; led by Dr Farooq Abdullah, MP and former Chief Minister, including Ms Mehbooba Mufti, MLA and former Chief Minister, met former Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhavan here today.
This group included senior members and former Ministers representing the National Conference, Peoples Democratic party and Indian National Congress and, besides, prominent representatives of the Sikh Community and leaders of business, trade and travel groups.
On behalf of the delegation, Dr Abdullah thanked Sh. Vohra for his able guidance, sage advice and sincere service to the State during his over ten-year tenure in the Raj Bhavan. Dr Abdullah’s sentiments were strongly supported by Ms Mufti who thanked Vohra for having guided and advised her on all occasions, particularly after her father passed away. Other speakers also expressed appreciation of the constructive and pro-people role played by Vohra, particularly in regard to his handling various sensitive issues relating to J&K.
Dr Abdullah stated that if more time had been available, representatives of political parties and representatives of various other segments from different parts of the State, including Ladakh, would have also come to bid farewell to the former Governor in a befitting manner. Speaking on behalf of the delegation Dr Abdullah and Ms Mufti hoped that the former Governor would continue to act as the “State’s Ambassador” in the coming time.
Vohra thanked Dr. Abdullah, Ms Mufti and all members of the group who had graciously come to meet him and for their kind good words. Recalling his very long involvement with J&K’s affairs he assured that he would be very happy to further the interests of the State, whenever he had an opportunity to do so.
Later, Vohra was accorded warm send off by the State Administration at a modest farewell function organized at SKICC here this evening.
Advisors to the Governor, B B Vyas and Khurshid Ahmed Ganai; Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam; Director General Police, Dr S P Vaid; Chairman, J&K SAC, Justice (Retd) Bashir Ahmad Khan; Chief Vigilance Commissioner, P L Gupta; Chairman, PSC, Latief-u-Zaman Deva; Vice Chancellor, SKUAST, Nazeer Ahmed Khan; Principal Secretary to Governor, Umang Narula, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Administrative Secretaries, large number of senior functionaries of Civil, Army, Police including Heads of Departments were present on the occasion.
Advisor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai in his brief address hailed the great contribution of Mr. Vohra as Governor in the State and said that his decade long tenure will be remembered by the officers and people of Jammu and Kashmir for a long time as he worked hard for the development and welfare of the State. He narrated his own experiences while working with him, and said that he learnt a lot from Mr Vohra and described him a fatherly figure for the administration.
Ganai extended warm wishes for good health to the former Governor on behalf of the entire administration and people of the State. The dignitaries also presented mementoes to Mr. Vohra.
Vohra expressed gratitude to the entire administration and people of the State for their wholehearted support and affection during his tenure as Governor. He said, he is carrying along sweet memories and good wishes of the people of J&K and will always remember the love which he has got from one and all. He urged the officers to continue to serve the people of the State with renewed vigor for the betterment of the State.