Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday decried the use of religion for political objectives, saying “Lord Rama or Almighty Allah” can never be in danger, but politicians may be.
Without naming anyone, Abdullah said some people always see religion in danger whenever elections are around the corner.
“Lord Rama or Almighty Allah can never be in danger, the politicians may be,” Abdullah said, addressing a day-long convention of the JKNC at the Sher-i-Kashmir Bhavan in Jammu.
Expressing anguish over discrimination against the Scheduled Castes in the country, the NC leader said, “Though a change has taken place due to reservation, as a result of which the community can take pride in producing good doctors and engineers, but the backwardness and economic deprivation is still continuing.” He exhorted the community to unite and take sagacious decisions during the elections so that their elected representatives can bring about the desired transformation in their socio-economic and political emancipation.
Abdullah said the National Conference has always espoused the cause of the community and ensured their participation in decision-making.
The former chief minister regretted that the condition of the Scheduled Castes has not improved despite the nation getting independence nearly 75 years ago.
“I urge the SC community to unite under the banner of the National Conference to ensure their overall growth and progress,” he said.
Elections are going to be held, and it is only a matter of time, Abdullah added.