Will fight against attempts to dilute identity of State: Farooq

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, July 6: National Conference president and Member of Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah, today said the party won’t allow demographic change in the State and will fight against attempts aimed at diluting the identity of the State.
Speaking at public gathering at Koolipora area of Nowpora locality of Srinagar, Abdullah said the Muslim character of the State has been a scorn in the eyes of those forces that are inimical to the very identity and integrity of our State.
“There are forces whose sole agenda is to dilute the very pluralistic fabric of our State. It was PDP that allowed the fascists to make inroads in our State. Unfortunately such forces as are inimical to the identity of our State are using local henchmen to pursue their agenda. The mushrooming of political outfits in the Valley is also suggestive of the nefarious agenda of such forces as they want to demean and divide the voice of the people particularly Muslims,” the NC president said.
He alleged that right wing extremists are trying to eliminate powerful voices of Muslims in the State. “Unfortunately no powerful Muslim voice was allowed to surface on the political landscape of India, what is happening in Kashmir cannot be singled out. Sher-e-Kashmir had prophesized that after his death, the one man political outfits will be propped up in every nook and corner of the State. The main agenda of the right wing extremists is to eliminate the powerful voice of the Muslims in the State”, he said.
The NC president underscored the need for a popularly elected government in the State. “Today we see group of people at the helm of affairs in our State that are not representative in character. How can few Advisors of SAC rise up to the expectations of the people of the State,?” he asked.
Abdullah lambasted the Governor administration for highway curbs. “Today we see how miserably the common population is being treated. On one hand, the Governor says that the Yatra would not have been possible without the active support of the local population but on the other hand the same lot of people is subjected to collective detention through highway curbs. Nowhere in the world is the civilian population treated in such a discourteous manner. Had there been a civilian Government in place, situation would have been much different today,” he said.
The NC president said that State is facing grim situation economically and there was nothing in the Union budget for the State. “Today our institutions, our very identity, the territorial integrity of our State is under threat from forces as have traditionally wanted to obliterate and dissolve our special character. Economically the State is facing a grim situation, the other day the annual budget had nothing in its kitty for the State. The much touted PM’s package also turned out to be damp squib,” he added.