Jammu KashmirPeople’s United Front, the newly formed umbrella organization of several political outfits held its second convention in Jammu on Sunday, the 19th of January. The well attended convention was held at Kathua, where the front leaders addressed the workers of the area.
Explaining the aims and objectives of the front, the convener, Mohammd Yousuf Tarigami highlighted the acute problems and miserable conditions being faced by the people of the state. He exhorted the people to come out of slumber and prepare themselves for a relentless, protracted and result oriented struggle. No room for illusions, prepare for united struggles, he stressed.
Highlighting the problems of the people and the insensitive approach of the government, Tarigami said that instead of taking concrete measures to mitigate the sufferings of the masses and provide good governance, the political parties, which have been ruling the state for decades are creating mere illusions and selling dreams for electoral gains. He appealed the people to shun these illusions and launch a united and protracted struggle. Tarigami made it clear that the present grim scenario, which has compelled the majority to live a sub human life is rooted in the politico-economic frame, which has been created and perpetuated by the exploiting classes. The way out is, in shattering this frame and distancing from the forces which try to hoodwink people when the elections come closer. He also warned against the forces which feed on divisive and communal tendencies or regional and parochial mindset. He asked the people to ponder over the fact, as to who gained from the divisive and communal politics till now. “None but the advocates of this kind of politics” he asserted.
He advocated unity and said that regional or communal approach will only weaken the peoples common struggle against miss governance and exploitation. Tarigami advocated an alternative policy route that ensures basic rights and does not rely on charity. He also demanded food security, fool proof health care, right to employment, adequate unemployment allowance and welfare schemes for senior citizens and differently abled persons.
Sheikh Ab Rehman former M.P and state president of Samajwadi Party appealed the conscientious and well meaning people of the state to join the ranks of Peoples United Front. He highlighted the issues of unemployment, price rise and food security. He criticized the government for its dismal performance and alleged that the present dispensation has failed to fulfill its promises and has instead taken anti-people measures for the benefit of a privileged few. It has ignored the socially backward groups and hilly backward areas, while taking up developmental plans. The state resources especially the water resources have not been fully harnessed he asserted . Not only this the Govt has not been able to get compensation from the centre for the losses it suffers due to Indus water Treaty. Sheikh Ab Rahman exhorted the weaker sections and toiling masses to fight against exploitation under the banner of Peoples United Front.
I.D. Khajouria, State Chief of International Democratic Party attacked the government for perpetuating corruption and making it a way of life rather than weeding it out. He said, despite the tall claims of progress and development, the plight of the under privileged, farmers and workers remains miserable. Government is trying the age old machination of dividing people in the name of religion, region and caste, simply to cheat them and keep them away from the path of united struggle. He expressed the hope that the masses will understand these nefarious designs of the exploiting classes and will defeat them by forging unity and sustained struggle.
In the convention, it was resolved to approach all those who want basic changes and alternative policies for improving the lot of the common people. Political outfits, intellectuals and civil society groups were asked to come forward and join the People’s United Front for better future of the state.
Those who also addressed the convention include Sham Prasad Kesar, CPI (M) leader, Ishtiyaq Qadri PDF leader and Smt Santosh Khajouria IDP leader.
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