Upcoming elections testing time for people of JK: Mufti

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said PDP through its people-oriented agenda has already laid strong foundations for the State’s political stabilization, which would be further consolidated to realize the objective of inclusive peace, dignity and prosperity for our people.

He also said the political uncertainty dotting the State’s history, not only deprived the people of a responsible and responsive leadership but has also marred its economic development.

“Unfortunately, we got politicians, who perpetuated this political uncertainty for their own survival in politics and never cared about the well-being of the State or its people,” he said while addressing a function to welcome large number of senior political activists from National Conference and Congress from Anantanag (Islamabad) constituency into the party fold.

Mufti said both the historical reasons of political instability and divergent inter-regional sensitivities were, over a period of time, fully exploited by the State’s traditional political clan to grab power at whatever cost. “Ironically, nobody ever even tried to make a genuine effort towards pulling the State out of this mess,” he said.

Mufti said it was only after 2002 assembly elections, that a serious effort was made, not only at the political but at the governmental level to channelize the aspirations of the people on one hand and on the other address their developmental needs. “This momentous transformation in delivery of governance has now entirely transformed the state’s political discourse and the politicians have now become fully conscious of their responsibilities,” he said and added that the era of emotional and personalized politics is now over and performance has become the new yardstick for the politicians. “The people who now get elected have to justify their mandate by addressing the just concerns of the people,” he said.

Mufti said the upcoming elections to the State assembly would be a testing time for the people of Jammu & Kashmir, when they shall have to chalk out their future course of action. He said the people of the State have now got politically emancipated and they know who is going to do justice with their mandate.

He said by pursuing a consistent policy on the crucial political and economic issues concerning the people of the State, the PDP has not only changed the complexion of the state’s political scenario, but has also set new standards for the political players.  He said there is now no place for exploitative and emotional politicking and only those politicians would survive the public onslaught, who have the capacity, conviction and consistency to deliver.

Mufti said Anantanag constituency has suffered a deliberate neglect during past six year and PDP is having a comprehensive vision for its overall development and growth.

“PDP realizes the importance of Anantnag town as a major stop in the tourist circuit of South Kashmir and its historic importance as a trading hub and administrative headquarters of the area,” he said

Mufti said the PDP during its brief tenure in the government between 2002 and 2005 took some historical initiatives for the welfare and growth of the area but all initiatives taken to modernize the infrastructure in the area have been shelved by the present National Conference-led government.

Mufti said PDP will carry forward the projects launched by it between 2002-2005 to improve the level of amenities to the people of Anantnag town and rest of the South Kashmir of which it is the main commercial and administrative center.

He said the town needs to be decongested to ensure free flow of traffic and cater to increased rush of general public and tourists.

The PDP patron said the road passing through the town from Khanabal to Janglath Mandi and onwards would be widened on the pattern of Khanabal Pahalgam road and the areas around it beautified.

Mufti expressed dismay over the inability of the government to implement the projects for decongestion of Anantnag town and completion of shopping complex and the bus stand.  Mufti said the district headquarters presents a picture of complete neglect and apathy and the PDP once voted to form the government would take serious efforts to change the developmental scenario of the whole area. 


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