Big Turnout Reflects Desire for Change: PDP

KUPWARA: Expressing satisfaction over the peaceful culmination of the first phase of voting with encouraging turnout, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti has said the trends emerging from today’s polling show an overwhelming desire for change with PDP clearly emerging as the foremost choice for the voters across Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

“People are participating in this election to write a new script in the State’s political history and the trend shows that they are enthusiastically voting for change,” Mehbooba said while addressing a series of election rallies in Langate assembly segment of this border district.

Hailing State administration and Election Commission of India, Mehbooba said: “I also express my appreciation for ECI and the state administration for the smooth conduct of the first phase of polls in JK with encouraging participation.”

Mehbooba said it was heartening to note that braving all odds people are participating in the electoral process in respectable numbers not only to vote out the anarchist NC-Congress coalition regime, but keep the divisive forces at bay. “While PDP has undoubtedly emerged as the first choice of the masses, it is to be seen how strong and decisive mandate people are going to hand-over to their party to decisively address the challenges confronting the State,” she said and added that PDP has emerged as the only credible political force in the State to take up head-on the emerging challenges posed by different forces in the state.

“The trends emerging out of the first phase of voting are a matter of great satisfaction for PDP and, I on behalf of the entire leadership of my party assure the people that we won’t let them down and will do justice with their mandate,” Mehbooba said and added that the voting pattern also shows that the new age voters in Jammu and Kashmir vote for the real issues.

“We thank the people for once again having reposed their trust in the democratic process and constitutional methods of finding a resolution to the Kashmir issue and the issues of Jammu and Kashmir. We are grateful to them and I pray to God that we are able to discharge our duty towards them to the best of our ability and in accordance with our Self-Rule agenda,” she said and added that PDP has been able to inspire confidence among a majority of the people in all the regions of the state, about its ability to solve the multiple problems faced by Jammu and Kashmir on political, economic, administrative and financial fronts.

Mehbooba hailed the commendable effort of the PDP cadres for taking the party’s pro-people agenda to the grassroots level and making the party a vibrant and dominant political movement across Jammu and Kashmir. “On behalf of all of us in PDP, who have been working and dreaming really big new dreams for our people, I am asking for your support, for your partnership, and for your confidence to move forward. I hope all of you will be with us in the new era that is going to begin in every nook and corner of Jammu and Kashmir in 2015,” she said.

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