JAMMU, Oct 26: Committed to its historic role in the turbulent Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference today asserted that it cannot remain mute spectator to the sufferings of the people, which have multiplied manifold in the recent months.
“It is in this context with a concern in mind we hope the -change of guard in the Raj Bhavan will see the new incumbent reaching out to the people and making sincere effort in lessening their hurt and mitigating their sufferings so that J&K ushers in a new era of confidence”, senior National Conference leaders led by Provincial President, Devender Singh Rana, said in a joint statement issued from Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this morning,
The joint statement referred to the administrative experience of Girish Chandra Murmu, the Lieutenant Governor designate of the marginalised Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and exuded confidence that he will try to understand the overwhelming sentiment and sensitivity of the people with regard to restoration of the pristine glory of the State of Jammu and Kashmir and upholding their pride, dignity and unique identity. Therefore, restoration of statehood to J&K should receive earnest and priority attention, the statement added.
The leaders also hoped that Murmu will utilize his proximity to the Prime Minister to bring some sort of normalcy in the turbulent region and work towards restoration of peace. End to communication blockade and lifting of restrictions on the liberty of the people is of paramount importance to achieve this objective. They also sought immediate release of all mainstream political leaders while describing the action against them as unconstitutional and unprecedented.
“We hope Murmu will analyse the situation on the ground with objectivity and take corrective measures with a sense of urgency to instil sense of confidence and security among the people, especially in the Kashmir Valley, which is shut for over 85 days now”, the National Conference leaders said, adding that unprecedented situation calls for extra-ordinary measures to bridge the gap and end the feeling of alienation and hurt.
The signatories to the joint statement included Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Surjeet Singh Slathia, Rattan Lal Gupta, Th Rachpal Singh, Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo, Javed Rana, Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, Babu Rampaul, Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, Ajaz Jan, Th. Kashmira Singh, Tarlochan Singh Wazir, Brij Mohan Sharma, Dr Chaman Lal Bhagat and Vijay Bakaya, Abdul Gani Malik, Dr Kamal Arora, Bimla Luthra, Bushan Lal Bhat, Deepender Kour, Dr Gagan Bhagat, Sheikh Abdul Rehman, Master Noor Hussain, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy, Mohammed Aslam Khan, Rahim Daad and other former legislators.