Srinagar Apr 8 UNI | 4 months ago

Castigating BJP for using Article 370 of the Constitution as an election plank to hoodwink people for getting votes in the Parliamentary Elections, Minister for Finance Abdul Rahim Rather today cautioned that any sort of tampering with the Act shall have disastrous socio-political consequences.

Speaking to a convention of party workers here today, Mr Rather said that J&K shall continue to have special status by virtue of Article 370 adding that National Conference (NC) was always ready to offer any kind of sacrifice for its protection.

Reiterating that communal harmony, amity and brotherhood have been the hallmark of state's culture and ethos, the senior NC leader said the party will always strive to keep this legacy aloft.

He called upon the people to vote in favour of NC-Congress alliance candidates as both these parties have a strong secular foundation and believe in communal harmony and brotherhood.

Mr Rather said the current Parliamentary Elections in the country have become a decisive battle between communal and secular forces as Narender Modi, the prime ministerial candidate projected by the BJP is charged with worst ever communal riots in Gujrat adding that this ugly incidence will remain the darkest chapter in the history of India.

He said NC-Congress coalition government has jointly ushered the state into a new era of development and prosperity and unlike opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did not waste precious 6 years in leg pulling to de-throne its own coalition partner the then chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad through a conspiracy hatched with BJP.

While seeking a massive mandate for alliance candidates, Mr Rather said NC-Congress coalition has conceived a perspective development for the state which ensures equitable development of all the three regions-- Jammu,Kashmir and Ladakh-- with special focus on remote and backward Pockets.

He claimed that all the habitations in nook and corner of the state have been linked with road network and adequate education facilities have been made available with no village left without a school.

In fact, he said, colleges have been opened at district levels to provide higher education facilities to the students at their door steps.

(Posted on 08-04-2014)