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Ex-Cong minister Prem Sagar Aziz joins NC
Omar: Youth alienated, resorting to militancy due to PDP-BJP alliance
JAMMU, Jan 9: National Conference working president Omar Abdullah Tuesday expressed grave concern over spurt in militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the worrisome fact was that alienated young educated youth were increasingly resorting to militancy due to PDP-BJP alliance.

“Instead of getting job letters, the educated youth feel lured to take guns in their hands, as they find their future bleak,” Omar said at a function held at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon to welcome former minister and senior leader of Pradesh Congress Committee Prem Sagar Aziz into National Conference along with his supporters.

The working president referred to targeting of valiant police and CRPF personnel besides security forces in the Kashmir valley and said spurt in violence is failure of the PDP-BJP coalition government. He said the New Year took off on a very grim note with CRPF and police personnel besides civilians getting killed one after another incidents.

The claim of neutralizing of over 200 militants this year should not be projected as a success of the government but it was a ‘certificate of failure’, as more youth joined militancy during the tenure of current dispensation than the years National Conference led government was in place in the state, he said and added that PDP-BJP produced more militants than ever before. He also expressed concern over growing incidents of loot in the banks and ATMs.

Over the functioning of the PDP-BJP government, Omar Abdullah referred to the observations of Governor N N Vohra only yesterday and said that his concern was a sad reflection on the governance. He said the administration would have to get its act together to reach out to the people in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions, as their problems were accumulating with each passing day since the past three years.

He said those elected to govern must realize their responsibilities rather than seeing the political power as a source of enjoyment. He said the people’s patience crossed all limits as the scenario on power, drinking water, rations and development fronts was quite scary.

“As opposition, it is our designated role to highlight people’s problems in the State Legislature but the situation is so alarming that even the ruling parties’ lawmakers were also expressing their discomfort with the functioning of the government openly,” he added.

The working president cautioned the people against diversionary tactics of the present dispensation, as a ploy to divert the attention of people from its failures and urged them to guard against emotive slogans aimed at dividing the society on regional and religious lines. He said the coalition partners attained expertise in dividing the society and the only way of isolating such forces was to maintain regional and religious unity.

Welcoming Prem Aziz Sagar and his associates in the party fold, Omar Abdullah said National Conference was the only and natural destination for all those believing in single entity and pluralistic identity of Jammu and Kashmir. He said Sagar and his associates were the source of strength and they would be valued like the cadre of National Conference in steering out the state from prevailing morass. He lauded the contribution of Prem Sagar Aziz in serving the state in different capacities and hoped that his joining would infuse new vigour to the cadre in Kathua district to serve the state and its people.

Speaking on the occasion, general secretary Haji Ali Mohammed Sagar said National Conference was a mass movement that withstood test of times with courage and fortitude.

“A strong National Conference alone can meet the challenges confronted to the state,” Sagar said, while welcoming Aziz into the party fold.

Welcoming Prem Sagar Aziz, provincial president Devender Singh Rana hoped that with his joining National Conference would get further strengthened at the grass roots level.

Prominent among those who joined National Conference along with Prem Sagar Aziz included Thakur Dass block president Congress Bani, Gori Lal general secretary Congress, Neel Kant block president Lohai Malhar, Shakeel Ahmed general secretary Lohai Malhar, Sushil Kumar ex Sarpanch, Shamaz Din block secretary Lohai Malhar, Abdul Gani Sheikh, Mohammed Sadiq Rather, Jagat Singh and other workers .

Aziz had joined the Congress on May 12, 1972 and was elected as MLA in 2002. He is a former minister and close associate of former Deputy Chief Minister late Mangat Ram.

Those present on the occasion included former ministers Ajay Kumar Sadhatra, Surjeet Singh Slathia, Rattan Lal Gupta state vice president, Kashmir Singh state vice president, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, provincial secretary, Babu Ram Pal former minister besides others.

News Updated at : Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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