Stating that change is imminent in Jammu and Kashmir, patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Tuesday termed the Lok Sabha elections as an historic opportunity for the people to accelerate the ‘campaign for change’ in the State.
“PDP, as credible and trusted voice of the people of the State, is leading the movement for change in Jammu and Kashmir”, Mufti said while addressing a meeting of prominent Gujjar leaders from Nagrota, Samba and Gandhi Nagar Assembly segments. The meeting was organised by Hamid Chowdhary, coordinator Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha seat.
Terming Lok Sabha elections as trailer for the Assembly polls, Mufti asked the people to avail this opportunity to send credible and trustworthy representatives in the Parliament, who would represent their aspirations with sincerity and dedication.
“PDP has fielded trustworthy, credible, tested and capable candidates who have enough potential to take up peoples’ issue in the Parliament with conviction”, he said and asked the people to compare PDP’s candidates with nominees of other political parties.
Quoting some reports, Mufti pointed out that sitting Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members from Jammu and Kashmir have failed to even utilize funds allotted to them under MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).
“Some reports revealed that MPs of Jammu and Kashmir have failed to use more than Rs 33 crore under the MPLADS resulting in withholding of funds to the tune of more than Rs 41 crore by the Centre”, he pointed out and regretted that failure of the sitting MPs to utilize funds reflects their casual approach towards mitigating woes of the masses.
“There is a need to elect those representatives who would serve the people with dedication and sincerity”, he said and added that PDP’s candidates have already proved their convictions and commitments towards solving peoples’ problems.
“We are contesting Lok Sabha elections to give voice to peoples’ wishes and aspirations”, he said, adding, “unlike other political parties our representatives would not maintain silence in Parliament over issues related to the State of Jammu and Kashmir”.
“PDP wants to send tested and credible representatives in the Parliament to take up peoples’ issue with conviction and commitment”, he said while introducing party nominee Yash Pal Sharma to the workers. He said that Sharma, a crusader of communal harmony and brotherhood, has set an example of credible leadership in the twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri.