STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: National Conference on Sunday expressed concern over continued detention of mainstream political leaders and decried extension in Public Safety Act against Dr Farooq Abdullah, terming it as PSA on entire mainstream political ideology of Jammu and Kashmir. Seeking release of all mainstream political leaders while addressing a press conference at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here this afternoon, Provincial President, Devender Singh Rana, flanked by senior party leaders of Jammu Province urged the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to reach out to the people of J&K, win over their hearts and minds and initiate a dialogue with them for a meaningful and genuine democratic process in order to fill the political vacuum. Rana said that PSA on a five-time former Chief Minister and Union Minister is sad and unfortunate, especially in view of his immense contribution towards nation building and sustaining peace, amity, harmony, democracy, progress and development of Jammu & Kashmir during most testing times. He recalled the observations of Atal Behari Vajpayee as leader of Indian delegation in UN and describing Dr Abdullah as a towering patriot. He said that extension in the detention of Dr Farooq Abdullah is the biggest setback to democratic polity apart from undermining contribution of a towering leader, who stood tall in the most turbulent situations. He said that Dr Abdullah is representing democratic ethos and its values, sustained by NC over decades by weathering storms during turbulent situations. He referred to the cherished political philosophy of the party and said that it led J&K to reject two-nation theory of Mohammed Ali Jinnah and tie its destiny with secular, democratic India.
He said NC has always upheld democracy and its values.
“The party founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah rejected the two-nation theory and sided with India, its Constitution and secular and democratic polity and kept its flag high,” Rana said.
When his attention was drawn towards indications being given out by Lt Governor, G C Murmu regarding holding of elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Rana retorted back, “So many things are being said by different quarters particularly about improved situation in the Valley”. However, the prolonged detention of political leaders and internet blockade is a contradiction, he added.
When his reaction was sought on repealing of the provisions of Article 370 and Article 35A, Rana said that nobody is accredited to comment on this, as National Conference has made it clear, time and again, that issues will be deliberated upon by Working Committee once the leadership is released. “Till then nobody is accredited to dwell upon policy matters,” he said and referred to the statement made by party headquarters in this regard recently.
Among those present in the press conference included senior leaders Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Surjeet Singh Slathia, Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari, Abdul Gani Malik, Rattan Lal Gupta, Th Rachpal Singh, Babu Ram Pal, Trilochan Singh Wazir, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Pradeep Bali, Vijay Lochan, Abdul Gani Teli and Dharamveer Singh Jamwal.
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