Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday extended Diwali greetings to the people of the state and hoped that the festival would be a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity.
In his message, the Governor observed that the festival stood for the triumph of truth over falsehood and of good over evil, highlighting the high values and ethos of Indian civilization.
He hoped that the festival of lights would further strengthen the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood, amity, tranquillity and secularism and prayed for the well-being of the people of the state.
The Chief Minister, in his message, underlined the tradition of celebrating festivals in an atmosphere of amity and brotherhood and called for the strengthening of that trait in J-K. Omar also prayed for the peace, prosperity and development of the state and the country.
Meanwhile, the patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammad Sayed and its president, Mehbooba Mufti, too, greeted the people on the occasion.
In their message, they said that Diwali symbolised the elimination of all negative forces that impede our progress. May the glow of Diwali fill the lives of our people with happiness and prosperity, they added.
Several other ministers and leaders also greeted the people on this festival.