Secularism bedrock of NC: Omar

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JAMMU: Asserting that secularism is the bedrock of the National Conference, party Vice President, Omar Abdullah on Sunday said this political philosophy of the party has survived the vicissitudes of history.
Leading the NC functionaries and prominent workers in paying tribute to former MLA and senior leader Thakur Rachpal Singh during online virtual condolence meeting held, Omar Abdullah said the late leader remained at the forefront all his political career to strengthen the secular bonds as cherished by Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah
“Thakur believed in the political philosophy of the National Conference which is based on the rich ethos of inclusiveness, camaraderie and spirit of sacrifice”, the Vice President said while describing the late leader as an inspiration for younger generation because of his rich political acumen and experience spanning decades, commitment to secularism, steadfastness and sobriety.
Omar Abdullah said Thakur played a key role in strengthening the party at grass roots level and worked all along for betterment of the people in various capacities.
He has left an indelible mark of public service and worked for harmonious growth of the society based on the cherished agenda of amity and brotherhood.
Thakur will be remembered for upholding the secular values and withstanding for the unity and tranquility in J&K by braving all odds, he added.
The virtual conference began with the observance of two-minute silence as a mark of the late leader.
In his tribute to Thakur Rachpal Singh, General Secretary, Ali Mohammed Sagar said that he will always be remembered for his tireless contribution in ameliorating the lot of peasants, labour fraternity, weaker sections and downtrodden people of J&K.
Provincial President, Devender Singh Rana recalled his services to the people of Rajouri district and said that his departure has left a big vacuum in the party which is hard to be filled.