PDP Rejects Guv’s Claim: ‘Favour Early Polls’ 

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SRINAGAR — Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday rejected as “misplaced presumption” the statement by Governor Satya pal Malik that the party was not in favour of early elections in the state.

PDP senior leader Nizam-ud-din Bhat expressed “astonishment that such presumption should come from such high office.”

He said that PDP has always put the electorate above everything as a vital democratic component and has never “shied away” from taking very active part in the electoral fray. “It is the agenda of the party alone which gave people relief from the anarchic rule of the past regimes in the state,” he said in a statement issued here.  

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti reiterated that dialogue and reconciliation between India and Pakistan have become inevitable for the resolution of Kashmir issue and that the decades old conflict cannot be resolved by the announcement of the economic packages.

While addressing the party functionaries and activists from Rajpora assembly segment, Mehbooba said that the resilience of the PDP workers is worth to hail as they in spite of the harsh weather attended the meeting in large numbers and gave a clear message that the party is going to emerge victorious and more stronger in the coming time.

Hailing the impeccable courage and determination with which the PDP workers have been strengthening the party on the ground, Mehbooba said that the real asset for the PDP since its foundation in 1999 has been its ground level workers.

PDP President stated further that after the 2014 polls accorded fragmented mandate to state’s political landscape, PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed decided to stitch the common ground with BJP will the sole motive to reincarnate the Vajpayee era in the state and to stop the vicious cycle of unabated killings and violence. “Even when I told my father that the decision to join hands with the BJP has more risks than rewards and would decline party’s popularity in the state, he said he was ready to sacrifice everything including his own self if that resolves the decades old conflict.”

She said her father was confident that dialogue and reconciliation would be initiated and same measures taken during Vajpayee’s time shall be witnessed once again.

“However, when on November 7, 2015 Prime Minister Modi addressed a rally in Srinagar, he announced 80 thousand crore package but exhibited reluctance in pitching for a thaw between India and Pakistan for peace in the state. This disheartened everyone including the people who had come from far flung areas to listen to the Prime Minister,” Mehbooba said.

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