Srinagar: Terming peace as prerequisite to holistic and equitable development of the State, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said the people have expectations with her government and she would not let them down.
“It is heartening to see people asking for our report card as they believe that PDP is their own party and it will fulfill their expectations. This feeling makes us work harder on the ground. We are not shying away from answers and we assure everyone that we stand by our political, economic and developmental agenda,” she said while addressing various election meetings in Khansahib and Beerwa assembly segments of Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency.
The Chief Minister said people have to give peace a chance and allow the government to function efficiently so that it can find solution to every problem which JK faces. She said the only impediment towards ensuring growth and empowerment is the lack of peace. “The government needs time to execute its agenda of development and empowerment,” Mehbooba added.
Mehbooba said the PDP forged an alliance with BJP for the benefit of people of all the regions of the state unlike NC-Congress coalition which is characterized by just lust for power. “When we shared the government with Congress in the past we got a better deal for our people, and even now when we work with the BJP our motive is welfare of people,” she said and added that while PDP-Congress alliance was based on a Common Minimum Programme (CMP), the party’s present alliance with BJP is based on an ‘Agenda of Alliance’ and in both the cases PDP took care of the political, economic and developmental challenges confronting J&K.
“When we were in alliance with Congress between 2002 and 2008, we got an economic package for J&K from the then Prime Minister and today when we are in alliance with BJP, we have again got a huge developmental package for the State,” she said and added that PDP’s sole objective is to end the miseries of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and facilitate the state to progress on developmental and economic fronts.
Mehbooba said PDP has a clear socio-economic and political agenda that has been received well by the people of Jammu and Kashmir and endorsed by the sub-continental leadership.
Referring to the contribution of the party towards changing the political discourse in the entire subcontinent, she said that it is the sum total of individual efforts by our workers in creating a viable political alternative that advocated peace and dialogue.
“I seek your active participation in our endeavors to address the issues related to governance, development and peace,” she said adding, ‘’our party will strive towards restoring peace and normalcy on the ground.”
Senior PDP leader and the party’s Chief Spokesperson, Dr Mehboob Beg, MLC Saif-ud-Din Bhat, Dr Mohammad Shafi and the party candidate for Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency, Nazir Ahmad Khan also addressed the meetings.