Amplify efforts to raise issues distressing people: Omar to NC functionaries

Omar Abdullah chairing a meeting of NC functionaries at Srinagar on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 18: National Conference vice president, Omar Abdullah presided over a Provincial committee meet of Kashmir province at party headquarters here today, and stressed that need of the hour was to step up efforts towards greater interaction with the public across the State.
A range of issues concerning the party and the State were deliberated upon in the meet. Vice president, while exuding confidence into the functionaries, said that the need of the hour was to maintain the momentum of Parliamentary elections up to Assembly polls. He said that there was no scope for smugness and gratification as the challenge ahead of the party was bigger.
Omar said that acquiring power has never been the party’s goal and the NC will continue to highlight the woes of people determinedly. “Serving the people of the State, protecting the interests of the State and upholding the pluralistic visage of our State has been the core of party ideology. It is our duty to highlight the woes of people. We owe a sense of duty towards the people of the State irrespective of their caste, creed and religious affiliations. The party functionaries should amplify their efforts to raise issues which are distressing people,” he said adding, “The party has gone through worst of times and was subjected to the worst machinations but with the support of people it trounced all those efforts that aim at fiddling with States special character.”
NC vice president urged the incumbent Governor administration to utilize its resources to reduce the mounting woes of people. He said the main agenda of the party is to salvage the people of the State towards safe shores. The need of the hour calls for taking the Naya Kashmir agenda of the party to each doorstep, he added.
Among others, NC general secretary Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar, additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustufa Kamaal, Provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Abdul Rahim Rather, Muhammad Shafi Uri, Sakina Itoo, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Mubarak Gul, Sharief ud din Shariq, Ali Mohammad Dar and Dr Bashir Veeri were also present on the occasion. Besides, district presidents, district-level functionaries, constituency in-charges, YNC functionaries, women’s wing and media cell functionaries also attended the meet.