Congress believes in development and progressive work: Azad

Says party will build schools, colleges, hospitals if voted to power

Srinagar, April 11: (GNS) Leader of Ppposition in Rajya Sabha and former chief minister of J&K Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said Congress believes in development and progressive work.

Azad along with MP candidate from Udhampur-Doda parliamentary constituency Vikramaditya Singh and JKPCC vice president Ghulam Mohammad Saroori conducted extensive tour of Chatroo, Bunjwah areas of Inderwal constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, a party statement issued to GNS said.

Addressing people, Azad said Congress believed in development and progressive work and if the party comes to power in the State, it will build more schools, hospitals, colleges and the other institutions.

He said Gujjar community has an important role to play in the society. “But unfortunately Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) neglected it since 2014,” he said.

“Congress party’s manifesto will talk about the welfare and progress of the Gujjar community. In power, Congress shall provide free education up to Class 12 and free medical treatment to those belonging to Gujjar community,” Azad said adding that the party “will make new strict laws so that another shocking incident like Kathua rape and murder does not happen again”.

The senior Congress leader said the people of Chenab valley hold the key to power and hoped that they will remain steadfast and united in nipping the conspiracies being hatched by outsiders to divide them.

He urged the people of Chenab Valley to “vote wisely and decisively” in order to start the momentum to the development process and also maintain their grip on the levers of power in the State.

A united and forceful voice that will rise from this region will earn you respect and dignity in the politico-governance structure of the State, he said while addressing the people. “I am sure the people of Chenab Valley will display desired unity and strength to march on the journey of politico-economic empowerment and progress,” he said.

At this critical juncture, it is incumbent upon the people to exercise their vote with sagacity and maturity in order to maintain their relevance and status on the political landscape of the State, he said.

Urging the people of Chenab Valley to vote in favour of Congress party in huge numbers, Azad said, “It is Congress party alone which has allowed an opportunity to the people of this backward and remote region to carve out space for themselves in the democratic order of the State.”

“Congress has given a sense of identity to the people of Chenab Valley and this is duly acknowledged by the visionary and farsighted people of this region,” he said.

The former Union Minister further said: “While we have created new districts and units in Chenab Valley for the comfort and convenience of people, in the next tenure, my agenda will be creation of a new and creative governance structure matching the developmental needs of the region. I promise empowerment and development to the people of Chenab valley, if they repose trust and confidence in the Congress party.”

Claiming the credit for setting out Chenab Valley on the path of progress and development since 2002 after the people there reposed confidence in Congress party, Azad said, “I do not say that everything has been achieved but I can say with full conviction that it is Congress party which has demonstrated intentions, will and ability to develop this tough region of the State.”

Unfolding Congress’s vision for Chenab Valley, Azad said he will strive to make it a modern and progressive region of the State if people repose their faith in favour of Congress candidate.

“If voted to power, Chenab Valley will be converted into model region with excellent roads, power projects, attractive tourist infrastructure, health facilities, educational institutions, employment opportunities, and above all inter-community faith and harmony which unfortunately has come under threat of late,” he said.

Azad appealed to people to vote and support the Congress candidate from the constituency Vikramaditya Singh.

Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion include G M Saroori, Vikramaditya Singh, Ghulam Qadir Sheikh, Santosh Kumar, Altaf Hussain Malik, Bidya Lal Sharma, Ali Mohd Naik, Somnath, Ghulam Mohd Kohli and others.

On the occasion, Sarpanch Shabir Ahmed Lone and hundreds of political activists from Chatroo and Mugalmaidan areas joined the Indian National Congress in presence of Azad.

Welcoming the new entrants into the party fold, Azad said, “Young people joining the party will go on to boost prospects of the Congress in the ongoing Lok Sabha election and upcoming Assembly election.” (GNS)

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