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Remain vigilant against those pitting one community against another: Omar Abdullah

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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday said the ruling dispensation’s dim-witted policies have affected every section in J&K.

This he, according to the NC spokesperson, said while addressing a massive public gathering at Kalakote in Rajouri. JKNC General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, Senior leader Mian Altaf, Javed Rana, PP Jammu Rattan Lal Gupta, YNC PP Ajaz Jan, and Additional Spokesperson Th Yashvardhan Singh also spoke on the occasion. Among others, Dy Political Secretary to VP Mudassir Shahmiri, DDC Chairman Naseem Liyaqat were also present.

Earlier, the party Vice President reached Kalakote to a rousing and enthusiastic welcome by the party functionaries.

While addressing the gathering, Omar said, “The incumbent ruling party only works to create divisions, they only bank on fostering hate and pitching communities against each other. Having failed on every matrix, they will pitch Kashmir against Jammu, Gujjar against Kashmiri, and Pahari against Gujjars. Their incompetence had affected every section of the society equally.”

“Skyrocketing price rise, soaring unemployment and everyday hike in taxes have hit everyone with discrimination. They stand no chance in the elections, whenever they are held if their utter failures are taken into account. They bank on creating divisions to sail through. We don’t have to give them any chance to divide us. It is the discord in our rows that strengthens them. Our unity frets them,” he added.

Asking workers to live up to the changing times by increasing their reach out to people from different areas, Omar said that the party’s success has unnerved the powers that be. “The success we have had in the DDC elections to a certain extent proved very detrimental to us. The results of the elections had established NC as a formidable force across Jammu and Kashmir, likewise in Kalakote. Keeping in view our enormous goodwill among the public, they hid behind the fig leaf of the delimitation commission and restored to gerrymandering of assembly segments to help them electorally. Constituencies were redrawn after a well throughout the process, it was not by mistake or by any chance. Election results of DDC were kept in mind and the final award of the commission was crafted to benefit them. Now we have to live up to the new reality and increase our outreach to regions and areas, where the good work done by our MLAs is unknown. We have to join people from those areas into our fold and inform them about the sheer amount of developmental activities done by NC leaders in their respective areas,” he said.

Later, Omar Abdullah addressed a public gathering at Lambehri in Rajouri, where he discussed the challenges faced by people and asked them to strike unity to defeat the forces which are hell-bent to divide J&K into the lines of caste, creed, region, sects, and religion.

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