Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir National Conference has termed as unfortunate, the attempt by the Congress leader and the Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma to link his statement to the statement of Dr. Mustafa Kamal.
The Spokesman of the Party said Dr. Kamal never made any remark or statement challenging the integrity of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and was admonished publically by the Party President Farooq Abdullah on 5th December at Hazratbal for making certain remarks about the Congress – National Conference relationship of the past.
The Party President categorically told Mustafa Kamal in public not to make any statement on the historical perspective of the relationship between the two parties in the larger interest of the smooth functioning of the present coalition government and the welfare of the state.
The Party Spokesman said the content and the context of the statement of Sham Lal is a matter to be deliberated and discussed by the Congress High Command and the National Conference has refrained from commenting about his controversial speech but linking it with National Conference or its leadership is absolutely un-warranted and uncalled for.
The Spokesman further reiterated that National Conference has always stood for the integrity of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and for equitable development of all regions and sub-regions of the state and its stand on the subject is absolutely clear and there is no change in it whatsoever.
The Spokesman said in statement to Agence India Press that ,the National Conference – Congress Coalition under the leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is running very smoothly and working for the welfare and wellbeing of the people of the state and the National Conference leadership has time and again reiterated its gratitude to the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the support extended by the Congress High Command in the running of the coalition in the state and the party is committed to the smooth functioning of the coalition in the state.
The Spokesman further said that the responsible elements must exercise restraint and not vitiate the atmosphere of goodwill and bonhomie the two parties are enjoying between themselves and must focus on the issues pertaining to the state of Jammu & Kashmir and work together to ensure that the National Conference – Congress’s desire to accomplish the agenda of comprehensive development of the state is realized.
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