“A section of the Congress leaders have been working as B-Team of the BJP and furthering its agenda of division, hate and polarization”, Rana said after paying glorious homage to Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his birth anniversary at a function held at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon.
In a statement issued to KNS, Rana said those working behind veils are more dangerous than perpetrators of a specific agenda and Congress leaders stand now fully exposed for pushing the state towards communal frenzy. “They have all along been working against the unity of the State. It is a vicious circle of the BJP, the PDP and a section in the Congress which is responsible for the prevailing sordid state of affairs. The National Conference, he said, will unveil these elements and fight their machinations by maintaining unity and tranquility, the real strength of the State and strong basis of the single entity of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh,” he said.
Referring to behind the scene political maneuvering over generating fear psychosis and creating wedge between the communities in the wake of brutal rape and murder of an eight year old girl in Rasana Kathua, Rana hailed the maturity and political sagacity with which the people across the spectrum foiled these dangerous attempts.
He said the people of Jammu, irrespective of cast, creed or religion remained steadfast in their demand for justice to the victim.
“Those standing for rapists could be anything—chauvinists or opportunists—but not Hindus, who worship girls up to the age of 12 as Kanjikas during holy Navratras”, the Provincial President said lauded the societal response in isolating the fringe. He assailed the BJP for imposing itself as Messiahs of Hindus and said this is disservice to great Hinduism, which believes in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world being one single family).
Paying tributes to Bharat Ratna Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the Provincial President described him as a visionary statesman, who not only authored the Constitution but also worked tirelessly to foster egalitarian society and shed caste discrimination in the country.
“If Mahatma Gandhi is immortal as Father of the Nation, Baba Saheb Ambedkar will also be remembered as Father of Indian Democracy”, he said, adding that the great visionary ensured that the fruits of democracy reach. He said the ideology of the legendary leader is humane, which is needed to be emulated and carried forward by working towards creating a society based on equality and social justice.
Rana said the architect of the Constitution has left an indelible mark by his contribution to ameliorate the lot of down trodden and weaker segments of the society. His unflinching commitment towards social justice brought about a revolutionary transformation in Indian social order and helped in carving a society with opportunities for all, he added.
The Provincial President said the best tribute to the great leader would be to imbibe the spirit of inclusiveness which alone can lead the nation towards peace, progress and prosperity. He said Baba Saheb cannot be confined in the myopic prism of party lines, as he belonged to India, lived for India and envisioned great future for India.
Speaking on the occasion, senior National Conference leader and Chairman SC/OBC Cell Babu Ram Paul highlighted the glorious contribution of Dr Ambedkar in heralding a new dawn for people of India in general and weaker and down trodden segments of society in particular.
He said the efforts of Baba Sahib yielded dividends in terms of creating opportunities in every sphere of activity for the weaker sections, which made a big turnaround the politico-social landscape of India.
Babu Ram Paul urged the people to emulate the spirit of togetherness and shed the tendencies of hatred and intolerance for making India a better place to live.
“We have to work for making India a global power, as envisioned by the towering leader like Baba Saheb Ambedkar”, he said, and decried the politics of hate being perpetrated for petty political objectives. He said the country and the State is passing through a difficult phase, which can only be surmounted by strengthening secular fabric and ending injustice to weaker sections of society.
The former minister sought an empowered commission for political empowerment and socio-economic emancipation of Scheduled Castes and other weaker sections, who have all along been exploited.
The various other speakers threw light on the life of Dr Ambedkar and paid glorious tributes to the architect of the Constitution of India.
The occasion was marked by showering flower petals at the portrait of Baba Sahib.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included State Vice Presidents Rattan Lal Gupta, Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari and Th Kashmira Singh, State Secretary Th Rachpal Singh, Youth National Conference Provincial President Ajaz Jan, Provincial President Women Wing s Satwant Kour Dogra, Provincial Secretary Sheikh Bashir, former legislators Qazi Jalal-ud-Din, s Bimla Luthra, Brij Mohan Sharma, s Deepender Kour, Provincial Vice Presidents Jugal Mahajan, Gurdeep Singh Sasan, Anil Dhar, besides Co-Chairperson SC Cell Vijay Lochan, Co-Chairpeson OBC Cell Abdul Gani Teli and Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, Haji Sultan, Narinder Singh, s Rita Gupta, s Dilshada Malik, Ashok Singh, s Rashida Begum, Mohinder Singh, Sumant Singh, Col. Retd Rashid, Rohit Bali, Yashuvardhan Singh, Om Dalmotra, Rohit Kerni, Som Raj Taroch, John Wilson, Sham Lal, Master Prem Nath Bhagat, Dr Y P Singh, Narinder Bhagat, Charan Dass, Mukhtar Chandpeer, Sat Pal, Harbans Lal, Bahadur Lal, Ravi Kumar, Ashok Tyagi, Bal Krishan Dogra, Baldev Raj, Om Prakash, A N Bhagat, Manohar Lal, Sham Lal, Dr Amina Sheikh, Mohinder Gupta, Ajay Sharma and others.
On the occasion several prominent persons joined the NC, who included Bharat Bhushan, Journalist, Dr Gaurav Bharat, Arjun Teyagi, Dr Ajeet Rai Bajala, Sat Pal Bhagat, Mohinder Chandal, retired Principal, Sat Pal, Tara Chand and others. (KNS)