Reiterating resolve of his party to work for the peaceful and amicable solution of the Kashmir issue, patron of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Monday said that mandate in favour of his party in the Parliament elections would accelerate the process of addressing all aspects of the Kashmir problem. Addressing series of public meetings at Tumlahal, Lasipura, Wachi, Dekapura and Harman areas in connection with road show in favour of party candidate Mehbooba Mufti, the PDP patron said that his party has fielded most capable and trusted candidates for the Parliament elections. “We are fighting Parliament election to send credible representatives in the Lok Sabha so that voice of the people of Kashmir should be raised in the Parliament with conviction and commitment”, he said and told the people that vote in favour of PDP candidates would boost the campaign for change in J&K. “Change is imminent in the State and PDP is future of J&K”, he said and expressed satisfaction that his party has earned faith and trust of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in a short span.
Reiterating that PDP would facilitate any meaningful initiate to solve Kashmir issue, Mufti reminded that his party had earlier convinced successive governments at New Delhi to initiate some concerted step for establishing lasting peace in this region. He especially mentioned that PDP led coalition, without compromising with the dignity of the people of the State, had pursued the reconciliatory process which was endorsed by the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajapyee and his successor Dr Manmohan Singh. He further said that PDP led regime had removed a number of misconceptions and also managed economic package for the development of the State without bartering wishes of the people.
Exhorting the people to teach present regime a lesson, Mufti said that NC and Congress government has reneged on almost all the promises made with the people during last Assembly elections and the coalition government run by them seems to be a rudderless arrangement lacking direction and commitment.
“Except enjoying powers and looting public exchequer both Congress and National Conference have nothing in common”, he said and observed that it was a historical fact that alliance between these two parties (NC-Congress) has always proved ominous for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He reminded the gathering about brazenly ridden infamous 1987 assembly elections which was fought by both NC and Congress jointly. Reminding people about revolutionary steps taken by the PDP led government during its tenure he said that PDP led regime had set an example of good governance in the State by providing a corruption free and transparent system to the people. He added that PDP led regime had brought transparency and accountability in the governance and justice was given to all sections of the society. He said that during PDP led regime more than 70,000 Rehbar-e-Talim (ReT) teachers were appointed. Similarly more than 40000 Anganwari workers were also appointed but not even a single case of favourtism and nepotism was highlighted. “Although we had only 16 members yet we had changed political discourse of the state and created a sense of security among the common masses”, he said and added that biggest achievement of PDP was that it had earned credibility of the people through its conviction and commitment. “Unlike National Conference, PDP leadership has never compromised with its principles for the power”, he asserted and reminded the gathering PDP had entered into an power sharing alliance with Congress in the year 2002 only after formulation of Common Minimum Programme (CMP)- an agenda to run the coalition. Calling upon the people to cast their votes in favour of party candidate Mehbooba Mufti, PDP patron said that as a leader she (Mehbooba Mufti) has proved herself as a trusted and credible representative of the people. “As as MLA she wiped tears of people through her humanist approach and tried to solve problems of the masses”, he said while appreciating role of Mehbooba Mufti as MLA. “You need a representative like Mehbooba Mufti who would raise your issues in the Parliament with commitment and conviction”, he said and added that PDP has formulated a comprehensive agenda for youth and farmers.