(MENAFN - Kashmir Observer) SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president and Member Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday said the state is caught in a blizzard and the need of the hour 'requires us to give a combined response to the challenges.'
Addressing workers and functionaries at party headquarters here, Farooq said the Kashmiris are feeling alienated in their own land in wake of the absence of any popular government in the state.
'Today Muslims living across the world are subject to the nefarious machinations of those who have vested interests in a divided Muslim world. The fate of Muslims in the state is no different,' he said, alleging that certain powers were hell-bent to 'obliterate the Muslim Majority character of our state.'
'The very pluralistic visage of our state has traditionally been scorn in the eyes of those people as is hell-bent to destroy it. The people of the state are feeling the vulnerable absence of a democratically elected representative government. It is high time for the GOI to give the people of the state the opportunity to elect a government which can further the cause of development in the state,' he said.
Farooq said people of the state have been disenfranchised from their constitutional right of having a representative government in place, 'The utter failure of the former PDP-BJP government on every conceivable matrix in the state has already disenchanted people towards democracy. The politically motivated jibes against politicians emanating from the governor's office are adding to the disenchantment among youth towards the democratic process.'
'The need of the hour calls for restoring a popular government in the state that has been limping towards the full realization of democracy in wake of the persistent tumultuous situation and a long spell of governor's rule,' he said.
' It is unfortunate to see the penchant of the incumbent governor for political muddle. Our party has given immense sacrifices to further the cause of democracy in the state; we have lost scores of our workers, functionaries in this connection. The people of the state are fed up of the development deficit plaguing the state. A laidback oligarchy cannot replace the vital and vibrant role of the elected legislature and representative cabinet.'