Mufti celebrates overwhelming people’s participation, says important for safeguarding JK’s identity

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Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Friday said the greater participation of the people in the electoral process is imperative to safeguard the distinct identity of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Overwhelming people’s participation in the electoral process will not only make the public representatives accountable before the people but it is a must to safeguard the special constitutional position granted to the state in view of its peculiar historical background,” he said while addressing public meetings in Sopore and Handwara.
Mufti said PDP has been able to inspire confidence, among a majority of the people in all the regions of the state, about its ability to solve the multiple problems faced by Jammu and Kashmir on political, economic, administrative and financial front and it is fighting the ongoing assembly elections with a specific agenda to get the state out of the present distress, underdevelopment and economic backwardness. “To ensure that the people have to give the party a decisive mandate in the elections,” he said. With a clear mandate, Mufti said, the party will not carry forward its agenda of political resolution, good governance and employment generation and convert Jammu and Kashmir into a real welfare state, but can take the forces head-on who are hell bent upon to damage the J&K’s distinct identity.
Mufti said the aim of the PDP is not only to give voice to the aspiration and sentiments of the people but it will seriously pursue its agenda of political resolution and good governance in the state once voted to form the government. “We will pursue the party’s vision document, Self Rule, as the framework of resolution of Jammu and Kashmir issue, will rebuild the lives, livelihood and infrastructure afresh and provide effective governance to the people,” he said.
Mufti said there is an urge for change in the state and this time the advantage inherent in the situation is that a credible alternative to National Conference Congress combine is available in the shape of PDP. He said there is now realization that instead of providing any relief, NC-Congress government has given people unimaginable pain and misery over the six years. He said the NC leadership is utterly frustrated by gauging the popular mood prevailing on the ground which is totally against them as they have badly failed to keep to the promises they had made to people before coming to the power.
Nizamudin Bhat, MLA Bandipur; Naeem Akhtar, the party Chief Spokesperson; Sofi Gh Mohuidin, ex-minister and candidate for Handwara assembly constituency and Nazir Ahmad Naikoo, candidate for Sopore constituency were present on the occasion.