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JAMMU: Asserting that no compromise would be tolerated with the interests of the Jammu region, National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Saturday said the NC is committed to work for satiating the urges and aspirations of all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir and their sub regions with equal opportunities of progress and development to all.“The people of Jammu would collectively rise against any attempt of jeopardizing the interests of the region”, Rana said during his five-hour interaction with the National Conference functionaries of the Kathua district Rural and Billawar through virtual mode, adding that undermining Jammu means insulting the self-respecting Dogras, who have always been big hearted despite being marginalized in every sphere.Rana said the National Conference has and will continue to raise the issues pertaining to Jammu region at every forum.“We are the inheritors of the political philosophy of unity in diversity and single entity of J&K”, he said, adding that this bonding cannot be disturbed by the myopic political agenda of those against the spirit of inclusiveness.He said the party had already set a road map decades ago for meeting the distinct urges and aspirations of the regions and sub-regions.He said equal opportunities of progress and development is imperative for the harmonious growth of Jammu and Kashmir and that is what the National Conference has strived during various spells of governance since 1975.Name any milestone and mega project conceived and executed for the Jammu region, it owes its connect with the party, which has kept the public interest over and above anything else.He said the unblemished record of public service is the reason for the party’s visibility and existence from Lakhanpur to Uri and Poonch to Chishul. It is a cadre based party of the people, for the people and by the people of Jammu and Kashmir, irrespective of region, religion, caste or colour, he added.While the National Conference can take satisfaction and pride for what it has delivered to the people of Jammu, it notes with pain and anguish the treatment meted out to Duggarland. He said the proud Dogras have inherited a legacy of public service and sacrifice, which should not be taken as their weakness. The self respecting people believe in the philosophy of ‘live and let live’ and they will continue towards the cherished goal of seeking dignified life for all, he added. Referring to the political scenario, the Provincial President said the National Conference is steadfast in its demand for restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.He said the vast state of Maharaja Gulab Singh cannot be undermined and called for course correction, sooner the better.He said, “Restoration of statehood would be a big tribute to the legacy of the Dogra Maharajas”.Rana also exhorted the cadre to strengthen the party at the grass-roots level with focus on setting up of booth level committees. In a democratic polity, the political entities should always remain ready for the democratic process, hemaintained.
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