Slathia, Rana condemn criminalization of politics

‘Panthers indulging in politics of opportunities’
Excelsior Correspondent

Minister for Industries and Commerce Surjeet Singh Slathia addressing a huge gathering at Ram Nagar on Saturday.
Minister for Industries and Commerce Surjeet Singh Slathia addressing a huge gathering at Ram Nagar on Saturday.

Ramnagar, Apr 21: Minister for Industries and Commerce, Surjeet Singh Slathia and Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Devender Singh Rana said that while National Conference has always believed in principled politics the fringe political parties like the Panthers party are indulging in politics of opportunism, deceit and hollow sloganeering. They said the Panthers leadership have historically bartered the interest of the people for their own personal gains and have been piggy back riding forces which can help their opportunistic tendencies.
Addressing a huge gathering today, they said while the Panthers leadership talks of idealism and high morals in the Legislative Assembly the criminalization and dictatorial political machinations that they have unleashed in their constituencies expose them. They said “it is unfortunate that the people of the Ramnagar area are under a fear psychosis unleashed by Panthers through their henchmen and contractors, who are using muscle power to gag the voice of the people.” They said the time has come for all political parties to join hands and work to serve the genuine aspirations of the people of the area.
Describing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as the hope of youth and epitome of courage and dynamism, Mr Slathia and Mr Rana said that Coalition Government symbolizes equitable development of all areas and holistic welfare of the weaker sections of the society.
“Omar Abdullah is the torch bearer of democratic values and secular traits and is working tirelessly for achieving all around development and peace in the state”, they said, adding that focused attention of the Government has been on the upliftment of backward pockets and rural areas of the state.
“The days are gone when influential people used to exploit development process for their own interest. This resulted in lopsided and imbalanced development as is being witnessed in areas like Ramnagar where poor have become poorer and rich richer, they said adding.” Chief Minister has made justice benchmark of the functioning of the government and the administration has been given clear cut instructions to reach out to poor and downtrodden people equitably in the process of development.
Mr Slathia said that the comprehensive development in all spheres of life witnessed in the state during last three years speak loud and clear about the development and peace intentions of the Government. He said the impact of the development policy unleashed by the Coalition Government is visible on ground.
Mr Rana cautioned the people of the nefarious designs of those indulging in dividing the society on various counts for personal and party gains. He stressed the need for maintaining and cementing the secular democratic principles and nurturing the mutual brotherhood and love between various sections of the society. He said National Conference has always kept public cause dearer to it and its rank and file always worked for the welfare and upliftment of the people of the State especially belonging to weaker sections and living in far-flung areas.
Speaking on the occasion, National Conference Provincial President, Rattan Lal Gupta asked the National Conference delegates to strengthen the party at grass roots and play active role in development process.

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