Former Minister and Member AICC Abdul Gani Vakil today described late Smt. Indira Gandhi a strong, courageous and visionary leader and for which the late leader was hailed globally. Vakil said she was interested in prosperous and peaceful J&K State and that thinking made her to enter in the historical accord with Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in the year 1975 and brought a regional party National Conference of J&K in the mainstream. Mr. Vakil said Nehru family symbolizes secularism and Kashmiris have connected themselves through accession with the rest of the country because it is secular. If Nehru family gets weak at national level, this connection will get weakened because the Kashmiris have never accepted communal but secular India added Vakil. Mr. Vakil was addressing a large public meeting at Banihal today which was organized to pay glowing tributes to Former Prime Minister of India Late Smt Indira Gandhi on her 29th death anniversary. Sr. Congress Leader and Minister of State for Technical Education, CA&PD and Power Mr. Viqar Rasool Wani chaired the meeting.
While addressing the gathering Mr. Vakil said Indiraji strengthened secularism and was instrumental in bringing neighboring countries close to India and strengthening the ties of friendship between them. He said that true Congressmen should follow her principles and the path shown to us by sacrificing her life and delivering good to the people of this great nation. Vakil said the best way to pay tribute to Smt. Indira Gandhi is to get united against corruption. He said corruption is the only reason which has made our State to lag behind in development.Sr. Congress Leader and Minister of State for Technical Education CA&PD and Power Viqar Rasool Wani also paid glowing tributes to late Smt. Indira Gandhi and said Indiraji was architect of modern India. He said that Smt. Indira Gandhi always worked for the upliftment of weaker sections of the society. She wanted the state to be prosperous in every sphere and it was the dream of late Smt. Indira Gandhi to develop the State and make it prosperous and this will be fulfilled so that State competes on socio-economic front with other states of the country. He highlighted her contribution in eradication of poverty, illiteracy and corruption in the country. He also recalled her leadership qualities and her contribution in the politics of the country and the world. He said Nehru family has all along been sympathetic and affectionate to the people of Kashmir and whenever any type of problem came to the people of state Nehru family stood like a rock behind the people of the state whether it was the time of wars or the time of last twenty years of militancy in Kashmir. Nehru family has always been there behind the people of Kashmir.