Rana speaks: Criticism against me just frivolous

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Terming the criticism with regard to devolution of powers’ as just frivolous, National conference senior leader and provincial president for Jammu, Davinder Singh Rana Tuesday said, “we must understand that each region and sub-region of Jammu and Kashmir has peculiar aspirations on account of development and progress. These have to be taken care of as we in National Conference believe that people are real source of power and their empowerment is necessary.”

Rana said: “If you go back to the era of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in Seventies, a single line mechanism had been evolved to carve out larger role for the people at grass roots level in the decision making. Therefore, autonomy and devolution of powers to, what I have said, elected autonomous regional administrative set ups and elected autonomous district councils under the overall superintendence of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, as one entity, will only be in consonance with the vision of our stalwarts to provide equitable opportunities of progress and development to all the three regions and their sub-regions. This will end the perceived sense of alienation and discrimination within the regions.”

Rana said that NC is the only party that is fighting against communal forces and this party will not hesitate to give its blood to maintain the integrity of all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir.

When asked how does he view PDP-BJP possible alliance, Rana said that National Conference believes that Peoples Democratic Party, having emerged as a single largest party in the recently held assembly elections, is under the obligation of forming the government, especially keeping in view the massive participation of voters in democratic exercise.

 “We had offered a support—an unconditional support—but the PDP had its own compulsions, and rightly so, because they were in a pact with BJP, much ahead of the elections, to forge an alliance post elections. The extreme positions taken by the two parties against each other was just a facade, true to the inherent character of the duo, which are two faces of the same coin, to hoodwink public opinion and garner as much support as they could by inciting passions on the basis of region and religion,” Rana said adding that how they (PDP-BJP) will proceed ahead is their prerogative.

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