‘We decry the politics of hate and divide’
REASI: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Sunday slammed PDP-BJP coalition government for “challenging the dignity of Kashmiris, the pride of Dogras, and the innocence of Ladakhis to keep their irrelevant dispensation relevant and to enjoy power”.
Addressing a day-long convention of National Conference here, Rana said, “Hunger for power has taken toll of the opportunistic alliance, which is overtly and covertly working towards weakening the very idea of Jammu and Kashmir at the behest of Nagpur.”
He expressed concern over the “growing intervention of Nagpur” in the day to day affairs of Jammu and Kashmir, saying, “This alarming tendency can have serious ramifications for the unity and tranquility of the State. A vicious atmosphere is being generated and mistrust created by bringing the people and the regions eyeball to eyeball situation over various sensitive issues,” he said while referring to the controversies being raked up over state subject laws and presence of Rohingyas and Bangaladeshis in Jammu.
Rana reiterated NC’s stand over the issue of Rohingyas, saying they should be dealt in accordance with the Foreign Nationals Act and deported to their respective countries with dignity.
On the state subject laws, Rana said BJP had “unleashed a provocative propaganda”, ignoring the historic significance of this provision and the circumstances that had led the Maharaja to enact Permanent Residence Act for safeguarding the interests of the people, irrespective of caste, creed, colour or region”.
“BJP has completely failed in its sinister mission of inciting and swaying the people of Jammu, who realise the crucial importance of this legislation for their honorable survival”, he maintained.
“We decry the politics of hate and divide, as we are inheritors of Sher-e-Kashmir’s all-time relevant slogasn of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist Unity”, Rana said while cautioning people against “divisive politics” being played by the coalition partners.
The NC provincial president said the state is passing through most difficult times and “if the situation is not handled with political far-sight and sagacity, the consequences could be grave not only for Jammu and Kashmir but the entire country”.
“While the insensitive coalition has failed in assuaging urges and aspirations of the people on political front, its record in governance is quite dismal. The state is virtually witnessing mis-governance with government nowhere to be seen on ground. If all there is any visibility of the PDP and BJP anywhere in the state, it is for all the wrong reasons of exploiting people and inciting them to fight each other,” he said.
“In such a grim scenario, the role of National Conference as a public movement, representing the urges and aspirations of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh becomes more pronounced,” Rana said and urged the cadre to realise their crucial responsibilities.
Rana said National Conference “cannot afford to be a fence sitter” when the state remains standing at the cross-roads of its history where the secular credentials, nurtured by ‘Sher-e-Kashmir’ Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah all his life, are at stake.
He appealed people to “maintain vigil against the elements inimical to the inclusiveness of the State”.