‘Democracy is a right but subverting it is a sin’
SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday said his party was ready to meet all “overt and covert machinations” and was “deeply rooted” in the hearts and minds of the people based on its “sacrifices and commitment” to safeguard the interests of the state.
Addressing party’s monthly provincial committee meeting for Kashmir at NC headquarters here, Omar said everyone has a right to seek the trust and faith of people as democracy was a right but subverting democracy through machinations and covert arrangements with the powers that be was a sin and contempt to the aspirations of the people.
“National Conference is a party that has withstood more conspiracies than historians can record. We have always fought against intrigues and ploys to weaken our resolve to be the voice of the people. We will continue to fight with the same spirit and will defeat those who are inclined towards fooling and betraying the people of the state,” he said in a statement issued here.
The NC Vice President said “the party is formed on strong and unshakeable bedrock of honour and faith and the sacrifices rendered by thousands of party workers and leaders are guiding inspirations that can never be compromised with”.
“Our politics is entrenched in our ideology and our principles and for National Conference; power is not the destination but a means to serve the people of our state. We are accountable to the people and will remain accountable to them. In serving our people and our state, we find our purpose,” he added.
Omar Abdullah took a detailed review of organisational activities and outreach initiatives in all district and constituencies of the province and asked party legislators and leaders to reach out to youth and empower them to take on the challenges the state is facing.
Asking party legislators and functionaries to highlight the grievances and genuine demands of the people, the NC Vice President said the last three and a half years of the PDP-BJP alliance had created a sense of disillusionment and disenchantment that can be dealt only with reconciliation and selfless public service.
The meeting was attended by party legislators and senior leaders including NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Additional General Secretary Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, senior leader Abdul Rahim Rather in addition to zone presidents, district presidents, constituency heads and members of the provincial committee.