Coalition govt not conducive for J&K: Farooq

Jammu, Aug 5: National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah today said the PDP-BJP coalition has failed on all fronts and stressed that coalition government was not conducive for Jammu and Kashmir as it has harmed more than doing any good to the “sensitive state”.

“Coalition culture is not conducive for us; it has harmed this sensitive state more than doing any good”, Abdullah said while addressing party workers in the border town of Rajouri.

He referred to coalition compulsions and recalled how effectively the people-friendly decisions were being taken and implemented single-mindedly when National Conference enjoyed massive mandate from 1996 to 2002 and even before.

He came down heavily on the PDP-BJP coalition for failures on all fronts, saying the two parties were playing to their respective constituencies and working at cross purposes.

“The duo is suffering from collective responsibility and if at all they are united on any front, it is how to divide the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh on regional, sub-regional, religious and caste lines”, he said adding that NC will not allow this to happen.

Abdullah said, while the PDP-BJP coalition was crumbling under its own weight due to inherent contradictions, administrative failures and growing public disenchantment, NC cadre should always remain in the poll gear.

“The recent electoral setback should not be taken as a defeat, it must, in fact, firm our resolve to come back with renewed force at the strength of popular support the party has all along been enjoying”, he said, adding, “as long as we remain committed to our cherished ideal of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Buddhist unity, no power can weaken or dismantle us”.

He also asked his party cadre to always remain prepared for elections and highlighted the need for a decisive mandate in a state like Jammu and Kashmir.

“All the forces have joined together to weaken National Conference and to break our resolve by engineering conspiracies”,

he said adding that various political forces were attempting to pull down the “Hal Wala Janda”, only because this signifies the dignity, the honour and the self esteem of the people of the state, irrespective of their caste, creed or colour.

Giving a clarion call to party workers to wake up against the conspirators, Abdullah said united, cohesive and determined National Conference was a befitting reply to their machinations.

Identifying himself with the people of Rajouri, Abdullah recalled his visits along Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, who felt the pains of poor people living in the border and backward areas and worked towards their welfare and economic emancipation.