STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: National Conference Provincial Headquarters in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir kept reverberating with crackers and drum beating on every report trickling in about party’s victory all the three seats of Srinagar, Baramulla and Anantnag, it contested in just concluded Parliamentary elections. Led by Provincial President, Devender Singh Rana along with senior leaders, the National Conference workers rejoiced victory of the party President, Dr Farooq Abdullah from Srinagar Parliamentary constituency; Mohd Akbar Lone from Baramulla and Justice (Retired) Hasnain Masoodi from Anantnag Lok Sabha seat. “This is victory of the progressive and forward looking policies of National Conference and inspiring leadership of Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah,” Devender Singh Rana told the reporters at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon. Rana described today’s victory as a semi-final to the finals of Assembly elections, which will witness National Conference forming the Government in Jammu and Kashmir on its own. He said that Jammu and Ladakh regions too would witness the party getting maximum number of seats as in Kashmir, leading National Conference to absolute majority. He further said that National Conference is a force to reckon with, which has started bouncing back in full steam. He termed the non-NC coalitions as aberration, adding that previous BJP-PDP dispensation turned out to be a big disaster that pushed the State to morass and political instability with people of all the three regions feeling dejected and deprived. He said that the failures of this insensitive coalition took the State backward on developmental front. When asked about BJP staging comeback at the Centre and its impact on the politics of Jammu and Kashmir, Rana said that both the elections are quite different. While Lok Sabha elections were aimed at the formation of the government at the Centre, the Assembly elections are all about addressing the political, economic and development aspirations of the State, which can only be assuaged by the National Conference. This has been substantiated many times in past, when the Governments led by National Conference worked towards development and progress of all the three regions with opportunities to all, irrespective of regional or religious aspirations, he maintained. Others present on the occasion included former ministers Ajay Kumar Sadhotra and Surjeet Singh Slathia, B R Kundal and Abdul Gani Malik, former Legislators Rattan Lal Gupta, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Th Kashmir Singh, Qazi Jalal-ud-Din, Tarlochan Singh Wazir, Dr Kamal Arora, Bimla Luthra, Deepender Kour, Swarn Latta, Dr Gagan Bhagat besides Jugal Mahajan, Gurdeep Singh Sasan, Satwant Kour Dogra, Vijay Laxami Dutta, Mohinder Singh, Pardeep Bali, Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, Abdul Gani Teli, Daljeet Sharma, Ashok Singh Manhas, Ravi Dogra, Ashok Kumar Dogra, Rashida Begum, Sandeep Singh, Gurnam Singh, Iftkair Choudhary, Sian Dass, Som Raj Taroch, Rekha Manhas, Anju Drover, Rohit Bali, Rohit Kerni, Tejinder Singh, Nitish Gowsami, Yashwardan Singh, Rakesh Koul, Asha Mehra, Tanveer Babzda, Varinder Pal Lakhotra, Shabir, Mohammad Rashid and others.
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