PDP apex body meets to discuss electoral strategy for assembly polls

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met in Srinagar last evening under the chairmanship of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to discuss the electoral strategy for the upcoming assembly elections in the state, a party statement said.

“The PAC reviewed the political situation of the state in light of the results of the Lok Sabha elections in which the party swept the Kashmir valley winning all three Lok Sabha seats. The ruling coalition faced a complete white wash,” the party statement said.

The party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed while expressing his appreciation for the well organised election campaign said the ability of the party leaders and workers in carrying its message to the voters had been crucial to their mobilisation. “The absence of negativity in the party’s poll discourse, clear agenda and our ability to identify actual issues had brought the PDP to the centre stage of state’s political scenario. The renewed and broad based faith of the people earned by the party had not only made it the premier political party of the state but has added to its challenges in view of the difficult situation created by the present coalition,” he said.

Mufti said peace and development along with a special focus on issues facing the youth, especially employment generation should continue to guide party’s policies and agenda. He said the party would continue to provide an inclusive platform for all regions and communities of the state for opportunities of growth. “It is unfortunate that the elections in many areas were driven by a communal polarisation and it would be necessary to reverse this trend for building a modern welfare state” said Mufti.

The statement quoting Mufti further said that there are strong indicators that the PDP is headed for victory in the Assembly elections as well but the LS election results should not lead to complacency. “We have to continue with our mass contact program and organisational activities to seek a decisive mandate from the people for a strong and accountable government” Mufti said and added the people must get a dependable alternative which can address their problems, curb corruption, ensure upholding of human rights and offers a new world to youth.

It added that the names of party candidates were discussed considering different parameters. He said for a party which happens to be the youngest political organisation of the state it was a matter of satisfaction that the selection has to be made from multiple choices. “The PAC recorded the contribution of all contenders for the party mandate and the obvious inability to accommodate all of them should not shut doors on their growth within the party.”

“The PDP is a vibrant and growing party based on democratic principles and every worker will receive due place and opportunity to serve people through different democratic institutions which have been made dysfunctional by the present government” the spokesman said. The list of candidates will be released shortly,” the statement concluded.

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