Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Thursday said the upcoming Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir are not about just the change of governance, but these polls would mark the beginning of a process for political, economic and social transformation in the State.
“The upcoming polls to the State Assembly are politically very significant and the people should use this opportunity to give a positive turn to the situation which has witnessed immense deterioration during the past six years of anarchic rule,” Mufti said while addressing a party workers convention of Pampore assembly segment.
He expressed the hope that the emancipated people of Jammu and Kashmir would use their vote vigilantly and elect a party which can address, with great resolve, the massive political and economic challenges facing the state. “The implications of the upcoming elections are beyond government formation and the results would be crucial to safeguard the interests of the state, resolution of Kashmir problem and securing the rights of the people,” he said and assured the people of a new value based politics and people-oriented governance model if PDP gets a strong mandate.
Mufti said given its rich natural resources, J&K could be one of the wealthiest states in the country. “J&K has been gifted with huge natural resource base in the shape of land, water, forests and minerals which need to be harnessed to create employment and wealth for the State,” he said and added that the State’s rich natural resources have sustained it throughout the 5000 years of its recorded history.
“There is no reason why we should have found ourselves to be a basket-case, perceived to be surviving on doles despite having the right mix of brilliant entrepreneurship and a sustainable resource base,” he said and added that PDP’s effort would be to restore JK’s economic glory by introducing a new policy of self-sustenance through proper land use and doing away with the deliberate attempt to convert Kashmir into a daily-wager society.