JAMMU, May 5: Muslim Federation Jammu today pinned hopes on newly appointed Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta for initiatives to improve the atmosphere of social and communal harmony in Jammu besides instilling a sense of confidence among the Jammu Muslims.
In his response, Kavinder Gupta while addressing in a function by Muslim Federation Jammu at Bathindi, here today, maintained that he stands for communal harmony and brotherhood and the same should be strengthened by organizing more interactions between Hindus and Muslims.
“Whenever there is a gap on account of lack of understanding, it is bound to create many problems. I stand for closer ties among all the communities and regions of the State,” he said and added that there was a great need to address the sense of alienation from the minds of our youth so that their energies are utilized in a positive manner.
The Deputy CM further maintained that none can doubt sense of patriotism and nationalism among Gujjars and Bakerwals of the State who have equal rights to grow and prosper in the State.
Earlier in his welcome address, Abdul Majid, president of the Muslim Federation Jammu, said that people of the State have high hopes from Kavinder Gupta. Expressing serious concern over deteriorating atmosphere of social and communal harmony in Jammu, he appealed everybody to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood in Jammu so that the society can be saved and it can march towards success with a positive note.
The Muslim leader said that certain voices are raised regarding demographic change in Jammu, settlement of Rohingyas and other baseless issues intentionally to create wedge between the communities and unwarranted distance is thus created by such voices between different groups in Jammu for personal and political interests.
He stressed that there was a need to sit together and remove all these misunderstandings by an open dialogue between responsible Jammu Muslims and other prominent citizens of Jammu from different communities and shade of ideologies.
H A Siddiqui presented the vote of thanks.
Besides a number of people, prominent among those who participated in the function, included Mohd. Aslam Qureshi, G A Khawaja, Sheikh Mehmood, Er Ghulam Ali, Suhail Qazmi, Amanat Ali Shah, Ch Akhter Hussain, Ch Noor Alam, Ch Jamat
Ali, Master Mohammad Akram, Ch Arshad Ali, Farhan Mirza and others.