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Kashmiris want issues resolved through democratic process: PDP

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Srinagar: Expressing satisfaction at the smooth conduct of the third phase of Assembly polls, PDP on Tuesday said the people of Jammu and Kashmir have shown maturity in this election and sent out a “clear and loud” message that the problems facing the state be resolved through democratic process.
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir have displayed maturity and wisdom in this election and have send out a loud and clear message that they want the problems facing the state resolved through democratic process.
“Irrespective of ideologies, the political setup now is required to respond in the same manner and with same enthusiasm to ensure issues of the people are understood, deliberated and resolved,” PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said while addressing a rally at Khiram in south Kashmir.
He claimed the maturity shown by the electorate during the ongoing polls has made it clear that there is an urge to establish a system of transparency, accountability and uniformity under the banner of PDP.
The people have this time used the platform not only for “changing the government” and the “existing system” but to achieve wider “political and economic objectives”, he claimed.
H said, “Elections or people’s participation in them is not denial of the problems in Jammu and Kashmir but it is an assertion that issues being faced by the people have to be resolved through democratic process.” .
Asserting that all efforts to cause division of votes in the state have been “defeated”, the former Chief Minister said the credit goes to electorate who understood that at this crucial juncture they need to reject the forces which wanted to sow the seed of discord and communal polarisation.
“Being in power has never been my objective. I have many times sacrificed the power for the interest of people and state and my party is committed to bring equality, justice, development, prosperity and economic upliftment so as to lay a foundation of new era in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Sayeed recalled that after 2002 elections he was in no hurry to take over the reign of power after Congress extended support and desired that PDP should lead the coalition government.
“We ensured that the coalition is based on our policies and programmes which were put on papers in the form of Common Minimum Programme,” he said.
The PDP was again this time seeking a positive vote on its progressive agenda to facilitate the resolution of critical political and economic problems confronting the state.
“If PDP is leading the democratic movement for change in J&K today, it is because it has earned credibility among the masses by not only articulating their aspirations in a responsive and responsible manner, but also by delivering on the development front,” he added. (PTI)

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