Election campaigning reaches Shopian, Congress holds workers convention

Election campaigning reaches Shopian, Congress holds workers convention
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Shopian: The Congress party held a workers convention at circuit house in Chowgam, Shopian, making it the first poll campaign event to be held in the turbulent southern district.
So far, no political party had held any convention or campaigning event related to ongoing parliamentary polls in Shopian.
Several workers attended the convention organised by Congress’s new entrant Gowhar Hussain Wani.
Mir Naseer Ahmad, vice president of Youth Congress presided the event which was held despite inclement weather.
Announcing the party manifesto, Naseer stressed on the promise of 6000 rupees for low income households as basic support.
He said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has also promised to waive off agriculture loans upto Rs 3.5 lacs if the party comes to power as “already done in Rajasthan”.
“A special attention and road map will be made for Jammu and Kashmir especially south Kashmir under the leadership of Ghulam Ahmed Mir and Rahul Gandhi,” he said.
Naseer added that Congress will safeguard the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Article 370 and 35A will remain as it were and Congress will fight for the rights of people,” he said, adding that people of south Kashmir should trust Congress and their problems will be solved at the earliest when the party comes to power.
He said that they know “the previous government has abandoned the people of south Kashmir and pushed them towards violence”.
One the occasion, Gowhar said that the hollow promises made by previous governments have been exposed.
“People know how they were cheated and abandoned by the power hungry people, no matter they still have a hope on Congress to meet their demands and solve problems,” he said.
He said that former chief minister took votes while calling on people to keep the BJP at bay but when she won the elections, she hugged the party which turned Kashmir into a battleground.
“We were abandoned by them to the extent that when we gave them elected leaders they didn’t give them space in ministry and Shopian is worst example which saw the wrath of previous governments,” he said, adding that be it roads, electricity, drinking water, education, the people of Shopian have been kept in darkness and the sentiments of south Kashmir were exploited by the previous government for the lust of power.
District Election in charge of the party, Irfan Naqashbandi, district president Abdul Quyoom Shah, constituency in charge Shopian, Mushtaq Ahmad Khanday and Umar Jan from Pulwama were also present.