Only sensible use of vote can change destiny of state: Baig

KL Report


Stressing on the need of the people’s involvement in the electoral process Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former deputy chief minister, Muzzafar Hussain Baig Saturday said it is only through the sensible use vote the destiny of J&K can be changed.

Addressing various roadside meetings in Sangrama segment Baramula parliamentary constituency he called upon the people particularly the youth to understand the importance of vote in order to get rid of their miseries and help the state to be back on the rails.

“Vote is a powerful weapon available before the people which needs to be honored as it represents their voice in the democratic setup,” he added.

On this occasion Syed Basharat Bukhari Baig said the anger of people is genuine as National Conference which has always misused their mandate for its trivial political benefits instead of giving voice to their sentiments within the system. But, he said, it is the institution of vote only which could guarantee a larger change on the ground if it used consciously to elect sincere and trusted leadership to the parliament and assembly.

Baig said the PDP which had only got 16 members in 2002 changed the political and governance discourse in the state as it was the commitment and sincerity of the party’s leadership towards its people which made it happen but the NC has only got disaster to the state besides getting overwhelming support of the people.

He said cynicism among the people is direct result of the bad policies of the NC which it has resorting to from the last many decades in order to remain in power.

“The PDP during its brief tenure made a remarkable beginning to build the people’s trust in the system, but that everything got reversed soon after the NC-led government took over the reins of the state,” said Baig.

He said the performance of the NC-led government has been disastrous over the where the ordinary people have to face tremendous hardships because of the anarchy prevailing in the system. He said, “The corruption has touched new heights in the state, power scenario has gone worst in every nook and corner of Kashmir, the development process has taken a back seat, there is growth stagnation prevailing and the policy paralysis has created havoc in the system which is also responsible for the disenchantment among people.”

Baig said now the people have to make a clear choice and decide whether they want to get Kashmir out of the mess or want suffer under the anti-people policies of the NC.

He said the PDP is fighting parliamentary elections not just to seek power for itself but it will fight to build a national consensus on Kashmir issue by involving different shades of public and political opinion both in and outside the parliament so that we could find a way forward in the resolution process.

“There is need of having strong and sincere voices from J&K in the parliament who can take-up the issues of people and the issue of the state in the parliament,” Baig said.

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