Alliance with Congress in INDIA bloc to strengthen idea of India: Sadhotra


JAMMU, Apr 22: National Conference Addi-tional General Secretary and former minister Mr Ajay Kumar Sadhotra today described the tie up with the INDIA bloc and said the seat sharing arra-ngement with the Cong-ress for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir has been worked out to strengthen secular fabric of India by marginalizing and isolating the divisive forces.
"The tie up with the Congress is purely to keep the divisive forces at bay and in the larger interest of the nation, which is facing numerous challenges posed by elements inimical to the idea of India". Mr Sadhotra said while addre-ssing a public meeting at Sarh Bagga in Mahore Constituency. Mr Sadhotra was accompanied by Mr Ram Pal Former Minister and President Centre Zone, Ch Mohd Shafi Advocate, Abdul Ghani Malik Former Minister and Zonal President, Babu Jagjivan Lal Ex-Minister and District President Reasi, on two days tour of Katra-Reasi and Mahore.
"Politics of divide and hate is detrimental to our unity and secular ethos and if not contained there is every apprehension of the country getting divided", the National Confer-ence Addl General Secret-ary said adding that the parties believing in inclusiveness have come together to meet this challenge. He said his party took a conscious decision of not fielding its candidates from Jammu and the Udhampur -Doda seats, to ensure huge drubbing of the BJP.
Mr Sadhotra cautioned people against BJP's reactionary politics, saying this is against the ethos and idea of Jammu and Kashmir as also India. He condemned the machinations of undermining the secular traditions and belittling the great contribution of the successive Prime Ministers of India. He said that by resorting to such tactics, the BJP is trying to divert the attention of people from failures of its misrule.
Castigating the BJP for polarising the situation and weakening the democracy, Mr Sadhotra reminded the people of the sacrifices made by National Conference for maintaining peace and tranquillity and strengthening democracy. He said many of its leaders and workers gave their lives for honour and dignity of the people.
Mr Ram Pal Former Minister, President Central Zone exhorted the people to come forward in a big way on the day of polling and ensure the victory of the National Confidence backed Congress candidate with a huge margin. This will be win of the secular forces and defeat of polarising BJP. He asked the booth level workers to remain vigilant on the polling day and foil all attempts of influencing the elections.

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