J&K people stamped NC as a force to reckon with in DDC elections: Rana


RAJOURI, Jan 14: Desc-ribing National Conference as pan Jammu and Kashmir party, Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana today said its vast mass cadre feels proud of being the State subjects of J&K and citizens of India.
"If the people of this part of the country are not patriots then who are", Mr Rana said while addressing a public meeting in the border township of Rajouri, first time after National Conference registered magnificent victory in the District Development Council (DDC) polls in both the regions with enviable striking rate.
The occasion was marked by felicitations to the newly elected DDC Councilors from Kalakote, Mrs Anita Thakur; Dungi, Abdul Khalid; Dhangri, Th Rameshwar Singh; Mogla Shameem Akthar and Peeri, Ch Naseem.
Mr Rana said the DDC election results have served as an eye opener for all those who had written off the National Conference in the mistaken belief of having representative character. By rejecting them and restricting their presence in just four districts of the Jammu region with dwindling share of votes, the people have actually shown them their real place.
Such has been the humiliating defeat for the BJP that it's sitting MP of Jammu-Poonch Cons-tituency and the State President could not save their home turf. He said their rejection is manifestation of the governance deficit of six years and the hollow promises made with the people including their self-proclaimed constituency of Jammu. He lambasted the BJP for unleashing a vicious campaign against the NC with malicious intent of creating doubts in the public mind.
"The BJP has been trumpeting from rooftops about forming a government in Jammu and Kashmir and one wonders on what basis", Mr Rana said, asking if such a dispensation is thrust undemocratically, then it is different, otherwise the people have pronounced their verdict in the just concluded elections, which is hugely in favour of National Conference that has presence from Lakhanpur to Turtuk, Uri to Paddar and Poonch to Gurez. The NC is the voice of the people and it has testified umpteen times, even during most difficult times, he added.
The Provincial Presid-ent recalled the visionary policies of the National Conference, saying those taking credit by terming DDC elections as taking governance at grassroots level should remember the concept was actually given by Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah by introducing Single Line Administration in 1977. He also recalled how the entire government with the full cabinet would move to district headquarters to hold District Development Board meetings.
Earlier, Mr Rana paid glowing tributes to Th Rachpal Singh, describing him as a leader of the masses.
A 2-minute silence was also observed as a mark of respect to the departed leader.
Those present on the occasion included District President Rajouri Urban Shafayat Khan, District President Rajouri Rural Bhushan Uppal, Ch Liaqat Ali, Bashir Ahmed Wani, Vipan Pal Sharma, Mohd Aslam Khan, S. Nirman Singh, Muzaffar Khan, Shafqat Mir, Yashvardhan Singh, Matti Mir, S. Tejinder Singh, Muzamil Malik and Imran Goni.

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