Omar bats for single party govt in J&K

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/8/2019 1:47:38 PM

Mehboob Iqbal, Moughal join NC

JAMMU, Jan 7: National Conference vice president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday strongly pleaded for a single party government in Jammu and Kashmir, keeping in view the challenges and magnitude of problems faced to the people, saying “experiment of coalitions has not worked well in the state.”
“In fact, the coalition culture has failed in various parts of the country as well and in a state like Jammu and Kashmir, a stable and strong dispensation was of paramount importance to steer it out of the mess created during the past nearly four years,” Omar said at a function at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this evening.
The function was held to greet Peoples’ Democratic Party general secretary and former IAS officer Mehboob Iqbal and Dr Shahid Mougal, president Bhaderwah Municipal Council, along with their large number of associates into National Conference.
Omar said the people, dejected by PDP-BJP’s misrule during over three years, were yearning for early elections to send out a terse message to the Centre about its misadventure by thrusting an insensitive and anti-poor government upon the state. He referred to the massive support and goodwill towards National Conference in the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and exuded confidence that the party would give a stable and responsive government for fulfilling people’s urges and aspirations.
He also mildly rebuked party’s leaders from Kashmir camping in Jammu stating that those who would get party’s mandate should be there in Kashmir by people’s side during their tough time and should not be there camping in Jammu. “Tomorrow I will not acknowledge you if you continue to be here in Jammu deserting your people there,” he warned.
Omar welcomed Mehboob Iqbal and Dr Shahid Mougal, saying this would further reinvigorate National Conference in the Chenab valley region and contribute towards formation of a pro-people government in the state. He said his party had a track record of public service and development in the three regions. In Jammu, the National Conference led governments laid a strong edifice of infrastructural development, which was still afresh in the public memory, he maintained.
Omar congratulated Iqbal and Dr Mougal, on behalf of the entire NC cadre and president Dr Farooq Abdullah. National Conference vice president exhorted the cadre to gear up in their respective areas for the big democratic exercise and further intensifying public outreach programme, saying people were the only and real source of strength and fountain head of power. He said public service, communal harmony and regional unity was political philosophy of National Conference which was needed to be sustained by weathering all odds.
National Conference general secretary Ali Mohammed Sagar and provincial president Devender Singh Rana also addressed the workers and leaders.
Pledging their full faith in the policies and programmes of National Conference, Mehboob Iqbal and Dr Shahid Mougal said they would work for galvanizing the grass roots workers at different level. Iqbal described his joining into National Conference at home-coming. On the occasion, several senior associates of Iqbal and and Dr Mougal also joined the National Conference.
Senior NC leaders also greeted Iqbal and Dr Mougal into the party fold. They included former ministers, legislators and functionaries of various wings of the party.



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