Strengthening bottom-up model is key towards making NC stronger: Omar

Omar Abdullah meeting with NC leaders & workers at the party headquarters in Srinagar on Tuesday.
Omar Abdullah meeting with NC leaders & workers at the party headquarters in Srinagar on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 26: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Tuesday exhorted party functionaries to work in tandem towards making the party stronger at grassroots level in order to take on the imminent challenges to the people of J&K.
This he said while addressing a delegation of workers and functionaries from Kupwara here at the party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, Srinagar.
Interacting with the party functionaries, Omar said political parties cannot rely on their opinions in policy framing at any level in the party. “The top down modus operandi in policy framing has no place in NC and for that matter in any democratic setup. Our workers are our eyes and ears. For NC to deepen its roots ever more than before, it is imperative for our zonal, district functionaries to value workers,” he said and added that strengthening of the bottom-up model holds the key towards making the party stronger to take on the challenges in the future.
“JKNC is waging a self-less battle against the wanton discrimination and injustice. Hence it becomes all more important for our workers, functionaries and office bearers to work with a sense of belongingness. Our ground workers have a greater role to develop a clear understanding about the party’s policies, priorities and perspective at multiple fronts in wake of the big challenges that have surfaced post 2019 decisions. We have to intensify our mass outreach to people,” Omar said.
Today’s challenges, Omar further said, go beyond development. “We are struggling for the restoration of our infringed democratic and constitutional rights. There can be no trade-off between development and our honour. Both have to go hand in hand.
Extolling the workers, Omar asked them to continue to shoulder people’s worries. He assured them that the party leadership will raise the issues concerning people, particularly unemployed youth, aggrieved farmers, tribals, and other backward classes at all forums.
The visiting delegation comprised the party’s district, block and DDC members. The delegation was led by District Vice President Kupwara Muhammad Ramzan.
Among others, Additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, MP Muhammad Akbar Lone, Party’s Chief Spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq, and Deputy Political Secretary to VP Mudassar Shahmiri were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, NC functionaries including General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Shameema Firdous, Ali Muhammad Dar, Imran Nabi Dar, Showkat Mir, Peer Afaq Ahmed, Ghulam Mohi Ud Din Mir, Ahsan Pardesi, Syed Tauqeer, Salman Ali Sagar, Shabir Kullay, Er. Sabiya Qadri also met Omar Abdullah.
Later a delegation of selected FAA aspirants met Omar Abdullah at Nawa e Subah and apprised him of the issues regarding the examination and the subsequent selection list. He gave them a patient hearing and assured the delegation that the party will raise their genuine demands in all forums.