by Tahir Bhat
Srinagar:Seeking a strong a decisive mandate from the voters of Srinagar, Anantnag and Shopian, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Friday said he is looking forward to a great vote of affirmation for his party on December 14 to secure a politically stable and economically vibrant future for Jammu and Kashmir and its people.
“Today, on behalf of all of us in PDP, who have been working and dreaming really big new dreams for our people, I am asking for your support, for your partnership, and for your confidence to move forward,” Mufti said while addressing election rallies in Pahalgam and Kokernag assembly segments of South Kashmir to enlist support for the party candidates Rafi Ahmad Mir and Abdul Rahim Rather.
Mufti said December 23, the day of counting, will go down in JK’s political history as a “new day” for the State and its people and “I hope all of you will be with us in the new era going to begin on that day.” He said the people of Jammu and Kashmir have never had a clearer choice than at this election. “This election offers a momentous opportunity to the people of the State to end the coalition era of governance as has been done by the voters in other states of the country,” he said and added as the PDP has emerged as a clear choice for the people in the first three phases of polls across all the regions and sub-regions of the State, it is now for the emancipated voters of Srinagar, Islamabad and Shopian to take this movement for change to its logical conclusion by handing-down full majority to their party – PDP.
“I assure my people that if I get a decisive mandate there will be decisive movement forward on political, economic and developmental fronts transforming Jammu and Kashmir into a politically stable and economically prosperous state in a time-bound manner. “My sole objective is to end the pain and miseries of the people of Jammu and Kashmir once for all and provide them a government that strives for their larger political empowerment and inclusive prosperity,” he said and added that he doesn’t believe in rhetoric and mud-slinging for political survival, but has strong faith in the fact that people value only performance and delivery.
Complimenting the PDP cadres for effectively carrying the party’s pro-people agenda to the grassroots, Mufti also expressed gratitude to the people of the State for having once again reposed their trust in the democratic process and constitutional methods of finding resolution to the Kashmir issue and the issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir.
Mufti said PDP has become the first choice of the people of Jammu and Kashmir as it symbolizes sincerity, hope, optimism, vision and a deep commitment to equality and justice.“With a decisive mandate and a clear majority at its back, I and my party would be in a strong position not only to safeguard JK’s distinct identity and special status, but to address the political aspirations, economic needs and developmental deficit of the State from a position of authority and with confidence,” Mufti said and added that political empowerment, economic emancipation and social uplift of the State and its people will be the guiding principles for his government.