‘Delay in Assembly elections taking toll on JK’s development’

‘Delay in Assembly elections taking toll on JK’s development’

Tral: The National Conference leader Ali Muhammad Sagar on Tuesday said that the Assembly elections in JK is being subjected to undue politicking “which is unfortunately taking its toll on the development of the state”.
“Having an elected government is the unassailable right of the people in a thriving democracy, but here right to make a choice is being denied to people,” he said while addressing series of worker’s conventions at Tral and Awantipora -according to the statement.
“The increasing public support in favor of NC has unnerved forces as are inimical to the interests of our state that is precisely why they are not persist on having election at an earliest. However, people of our state have understood the game plan of the forces as are striving hard to obliterate our identity. With the help of Almighty and the unflinching support of people of our state, NC will trounce all the political machinations as are being contrived to divide the voice of the people of state,” he said.
Sagar further said that New Delhi has always been reluctant to accept the ground situation in Kashmir.
“Our party leadership has maintained that the issue of our state is political in nature that can only be solved through time bound and result oriented dialogue with all the stakeholders. Seeing the problem of Kashmir through the prism of security has failed to lead the successive governments at New Delhi to a proper understanding of issues on ground. The condition in Kashmir cannot be improved by the use of excessive force. Shutting one’s eyes to the issue won’t help either,” he said.
He added: The drawn out conflict has created vested interests in the state, trapping the valley in an unending cycle of death and destruction. National Conference has always been a votary of dialogue between the center and the varied stakeholders in the state.
Sagar while underscoring the significance of greater interaction between India and Pakistan said, “Our party has been a strong votary of Indo-Pak bonhomie since 1947. The vision of achieving development goals in South Asia cannot be achieved if both India and Pakistan continue to live in animosity.”
Provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani while addressing the worker’s conventions said that the state was plagued with dire development deficit and unaccountability.
“Having a popularly elected government is the basic and the absolute right of people. The need of the hours calls for having a democratically elected government in the state. The challenges our state is facing need a strong willed government to tackle with,” he said.