National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah lauded the resilience and fortitude of the people of Ladakh for meeting various challenges.
Interacting with a delegation from Leh here this afternoon, Farooq said the NC would always remain in the forefront to espouse the cause of the people of Ladakh to ensure that they live a dignified life with all facilities at their doorsteps.
The delegation was led by NC’s Leh unit president Sonam Wandus and comprised, among others, Mohammed Ismail and Mohammed Usman. It apprised Farooq about the party functioning, saying the grassroots level workers had been mobilised for the forthcoming panchayat elections.
The delegation said the party cadre was feeling rejuvenated, especially after clinching two prestigious seats during the elections to the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, and were fully prepared for the democratic exercise at the grassroots level.
NC provincial president, Jammu, Devender Singh Rana was also present on the occasion.
Farooq said people’s support was the biggest strength of the National Conference, presence of which is in every nook and corner of the state.
“People’s unflinching faith in the party, which stands for Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Buddhists, has been source of inspiration to carry forward the movement of people and channelise it for the betterment of all three regions and their sub-regions,” he said, adding that leadership at local levels would have to work hard.
He said the National Conference represented the urges and aspirations of the Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions.
The delegation raised several issues confronting people, especially in Turtuk and Changthang. It sought two-room tenements to replace tented habitations.
Saying the PDP-BJP dispensation was not focusing on the basic issues, the leaders said instead it was exploiting the people by showing dreams.
“The BJP cannot hoodwink the people for long, as its performance at the ground zero has been disastrous,” they said, adding that the people were feeling let-down. The delegation also discussed the proposed visit of the party leadership to Ladakh in May.