Jammu: Expressing confidence that the people of Chenab Valley will vote decisively in favour of his party, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said the voice that will rise from this region will become the voice of the people of the state.
"The people of Chenab Valley will vote decisively in favour of Congress party. The voice that will rise from this region will become the voice of the people of the state," Azad said addressing a rally at Khari area of Banihal constituency.
He said this is a historic opportunity for the people of Chenab Valley to assert themselves and retain their importance in the political landscape of Jammu and Kashmir.
"People of the state in general and Chenab Valley in particular have always given me lots of love and affection and I have always tried my level best to serve the people with dedication and humility," said Azad, who also addressed a rally in Ukerhal area of the constituency.
Azad said the people of Chenab Valley fully realise the fact that political weight of the region came to be recognised after 2002 when they reposed faith and confidence in the Congress party and developmental activities received major thrust in the area after 2005, and he is confident that people of this region will again vote very wisely and will not allow exploitative forces to dilute its improved political status.
Cautioning the people to beware of those forces who want to divide the votes of people in order to further their own nefarious agenda, Azad exhorted the people to come out in huge numbers to vote for the Congress party in the assembly polls.
Drawing attention to the hollow slogans and exploitative machinations of various political parties, Azad asserted that people of Chenab Valley reaped the fruits of development in terms of increased road connectivity, better hospitals, and tourism development authorities.
"I promise a new era of progress, good governance and better employment opportunities for youth if people give mandate to Congress in the assembly elections," he said.
Azad said that "my credentials as a champion and votary of development are well established and that my only slogan as the chief minister or Union Minister has been "development".