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Communalism, polarisation will have far-reaching consequences, if not stopped: Farooq

Srinagar, Mar 20 (UNI) Asserting that India belonged to all and not just the people belonging to a single religion, main opposition in the state National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah said there will be far-reaching consequences, if the fire of communalism and polarisation that is being fanned and is spreading across the length and breadth of the country, is not stopped.
''Unity against these forces is the need of the hour and this is an opportunity to come together and rise over all our differences to stand in defence of our dignity and our respect. NC and Congress decided to fight these elections together with the sole intention of ensuring the comprehensive defeat of the politics of communalism, polarisation and divisiveness.
''Our success in this battle of principles depends on our ability to forge unity among our ranks in the pursuit of this common objective,” Mr Abdullah, who today filed his nomination papers for bypolls in Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, said while addressing workers from NC and pre-poll alliance partner Congress here today.
Mr Abdullah, who is a former union minister and three time Chief Minister of J&K, said that this country belongs not just to the people from a single religion, but everyone living in it.
''God forbid, if does not remain so, then it will have a catastrophic effect on the country,'' he said.
The NC President said there should be no doubt in the minds of people that PDP is now almost officially an affiliate of RSS and any remaining doubts were cleared by the open campaigning and support being offered by BJP to the two candidates, being fielded by PDP.
''We have always maintained that PDP is a proxy subsidiary of the RSS and today all these statements and warnings have proven to be true. PDP has left no stone unturned to further the greater political agenda of the RSS and BJP’s participation in PDP’s election campaign today goes to prove the finality of this association. People are duty bound to consider the ramifications of any callousness in these elections as it is their duty to the people to eradicate this menace from our State,” Dr Abdullah added.
NC and Congress have already announced a pre-poll alliance according to which Mr Abdullah will contest from Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, while JKPCC president Ghulam Ahmad Mir will try his luck from Anantnag Parliamentary constituency.
Srinagar Parliamentary seat fell vacant in September last year, after Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tariq Hamid Karra resigned from the Lok Sabha and party membership. Mr Karra, who defeated Dr Abdullah in 2014 general Lok Sabha polls, later joined the Congress after resigning from PDP.
Meanwhile, appealing for resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan, Dr Abdullah said there was no alternative to talks between the two neighbours with a sincere intention to resolve all outstanding political issues and differences including the issue of Kashmir.
''It is the responsibility of both India and Pakistan to rescue Kashmiris from a never-ending cycle of fear, pain and misery. The people of Kashmir cannot be taken for granted anymore. Hostility and lack of dialogue between India and Pakistan is not an acceptable alternative,'' he further said.
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