Vote an opportunity for strengthening people’s agenda of dialogue, development: Mehbooba
SRINAGAR | MAR 22 (PTK): Kick starting her Party’s campaign for Srinagar Parliamentary constituency, PDP President and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today said that vote for her party would be an endorsement for transforming Jammu & Kashmir through dialogue and development and getting the State out of the present crisis.
Addressing the meetings of workers from Charar i Sharief and Budgam constituencies here today, the PDP President said ever since her party was launched it worked on a specific political and developmental agenda in which Jammu & Kashmir has remained the focus of attention. She said her Party has been working to get the State out of the quagmire of uncertainty and reminded the workers of many path breaking initiatives taken during the Party’s rule from 2002 to 2005. “That was the first phase of transformation in Jammu & Kashmir under PDP rule and the second phase of transformation is underway,” she told the workers.
Mehbooba Mufti said forming Government in the State in 2015 was not an easy task, though there were many easy options available. She said the Party under the leadership of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed chose a difficult path only to get the issues of the State addressed by the country’s top leadership. She said she is hopeful that many big and bold decisions vis a vis Jammu & Kashmir would be taken by Government of India which would take the State out of despair and despondency.
Asserting that the coming elections provide an opportunity for strengthening peoples agenda of restoration of peace with dignity coupled with development of the State, Mehbooba Mufti said these elections would be an endorsement of Party’s agenda of initiating political dialogue in the State, resumption of friendly ties between India and Pakistan, opening of more Cross LoC routes, facilitating more and more people to people contacts besides providing good governance to people. She asked the Party cadre to gear up and take these elections in that spirit only.
The Chief Minister said tourism sector has the potential to address the unemployment problem in the State in a big way. She said Budgam has huge potential for tourism development and the Government has already decided to develop Yousmarg, Doodpathri and Tosa Maidan as independent tourist destinations in a big way. She said requisite infrastructure will be raised at these places to attract tourists in big numbers which consequently would help rejuvenate the local economy.
Senior leader and Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura in his address said despite the lapse of a working season last year due to unrest many developmental initiatives were taken by the PDP led Government during its two years of governance. He said many more initiatives would be taken in the coming years of the Government and people would themselves judge.
Another senior leader and Minister for Youth Services & IT, Moulvi Imran Raza Ansari in his address appealed party workers to take forward Party’s agenda to people and distinguish between leaders who genuinely want to change their fate and those who keep hoodwinking them time and again.
District President, Budgam, Muntazir Mohiudin and other leaders also addressed the gatherings.