Dooru: Hitting out at rivals NC, PDP and BJP for "polarisation" of politics in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad on Friday asked they put an end to it as people want progress, development and the youth dream of bright careers.
"J&K has seen enough of polarisation politics being carried out by BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), PDP (People's Democratic Party) and NC (National Conference). Let's now call off this business of polarisation, as people of the State want to progress; youth want to have bright careers", he said at a massive public rally here.
Azad, who was campaigning for Congress Minister and two- term MLA Gulam Ahmed Mir from here said: "We have to make our state a modern, progressive and prosperous state of the country. The inclusive agenda propagated by Congress Party alone can bridge the divide".
"Enough is enough. Lets rebuff this polarisation business to chart on a new path of peace, progress and prosperity", he said.
Mir, who has won Dooru Assembly seat in 2002 and 2008 and was a minister in both Mufti Sayeed led government in 2002 and Omar Abdullah government in 2009, is seeking a third term from the same seat.
Flanked by J&K Congress Chief Saifuddin Soz and G A Mir, Azad said that the regional parties neither have vision and agenda to address the day-to-day issues faced by the common man, nor have the will and credentials to deliver on the promises of governance and development, and therefore, are compelled to divert the attention of the people by raking up emotional, divisive and polarising issues.
Urging people not to get befooled by the sterile rhetoric of regional parties, Azad said that Congress has the capacity and will to script a new chapter of progress and prosperity in the state due to its inclusive agenda and pan- J&K presence.
Azad said that regional parties represent a narrow, exclusionist and sectarian agenda, antithetical to the ethno- cultural diversity and pluralistic ethos of the state, while Congress can accommodate the urges and aspirations of all regions and sections, and therefore, is most suited to take forward the process of equitable and balanced development.
Questioning the credentials of the regional parties to fight the divisive agenda of BJP, Azad said that it is an apt case of "square peg in a round hole", for they are the one who give grist to the polarisising agenda of communal forces' mill in the state.