Unity essential for progress, development: Azad to Pahari, Gujjar Communities

Jammu Feb 15 (UNI) Greeting the Pahari community for getting the Scheduled Tribe status, former chief minister and Chairman Democratic Progressive Azad Party, Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday advocated for unity terming it as an essential for progress and development of the region.

Azad addressing a public meeting in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch, emphasized the crucial need for unity among the Pahari and Gujjar communities.

He urged both communities to stand together and resist any attempts by political parties to sow division among them and stressed that maintaining this unity is essential for the progress and development of the region.

Furthermore, Azad greeted the Pahari community for getting the ST status, he emphasized that this quota to Gujjar Community should remain intact and not be tampered with, as it is vital for the empowerment and socio-economic upliftment of the Gujjar community.

He cautioned against divisive tactics employed by other political parties and urged a steadfast focus on addressing public issues.

He criticized the National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for their opportunistic alliances and power-hungry politics.

Azad pointed out the instances where NC and PDP collaborated with the BJP to gain power. He highlighted that while he was not made a Member of Parliament or a Minister by the BJP, leaders like Omar Abdullah held ministerial positions in previous BJP-led governments.

Furthermore, Azad also accused both NC and PDP of prioritizing power over the interests of the people.

He warned of potential future alliances between NC and BJP, citing their power-hungry motives.

Azad reiterated his commitment to fostering development, peace, and prosperity and highlighted the importance of bringing back schemes like the Roshni Scheme to address issues of land ownership and to combat corruption effectively .

Azad pledged to work tirelessly to eradicate corruption and promote transparency in governance.

He affirmed that his focus remains on improving the socio-economic landscape of the region and creating opportunities for all.

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