JAMMU, Dec 5: National Conference leaders and workers paid homage to the party stalwart, Late Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah on his 116th birth anniversary in various functions organised across the region today.
Provincial president, Rattan Lal Gupta while speaking on the occasion at party office here said that maintaining the unity and single entity of Jammu and Kashmir will be a befitting tribute to the visionary leader, who fought all his life for wellbeing of the people and strengthening the bonds of communal amity. Gupta emphasized the crucial need of strengthening and sustaining the time tested unity, saying no society will progress if its foundations are laid on myopic considerations. Click here to watch video
Paying tribute, former minister and senior leader Ajay Sadhotra said that sustaining secular ethos is the best and befitting tribute to Sheikh Sahib, a towering among tallest of leaders of his times in the sub-continent.
Sadhotra recalled the glorious role of Late Sheikh Abdullah in strengthening amity and regional unity at a time when the entire sub-continent was in communal frenzy. He said that progressive outlook and vision of Sher-e-Kashmir transformed Jammu and Kashmir as a vibrant state where the people of all the faiths enjoy equal opportunities of progress and development.
Earlier, senior leaders including – Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Mushtaq Bukhari, Brij Mohan Sharma, Babu Rampaul, Sharif- Ud-Din Shariq , Qazi Jalal-Ud-Din, Jugal Mahajan, Dr Chaman Lal Bhagat, Ajaz Jan, Bushan Lal Bhat, Deepnder Kour, Pardeep Bali, Vijay Lochan, Abdul Gani Teli, SS Bunty, Master Noor Hussain, Ch Rahim Daad, Ch Rehmat Ali, Vijay Laxmi Dutta, Anil Dhar, Israr Khan, Ch Naseem Liaqat, Chander Mohan Sharma, Ragbir Singh Manhas, AK Attri, Rashida Begum, Nar Singh, Ayub Malik, Waris Gill, Yashu Vardan Singh and others paid floral tribute to portrait of Late Sheikh Abdullah.
Meanwhile, Javed Rana, president Pir Panjal Zone and former Deputy Chairman, J&K Legislative Council while paying tribute to the Late Abdullah has said that in his legacy we find answers to many current challenges that we are facing with today including a challenge to our identity and unique political status.
He said that the best tribute to him at this juncture would be to imbibe the same indomitable courage which he exhibited all his life. He not only ushered in an era of development and social justice in the state post-independence but also guided the people with emancipation, secular, and progressive ideologies. He also illuminated the masses about the power of democracy and humanism.