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Pursue politically-inclusive agenda for J&K: PDP to Centre

PTI 20 Nov 2014, 17:58:11 PM IST

Srinagar: Opposition PDP today said the Centre should take on board all stakeholders as part of a politically-inclusive and development-intensive agenda for the state and take measures to address both the internal and external dimensions of the Kashmir issue.

“The central government headed by Narendra Modi shall have to pursue an agenda which would be politically-inclusive and developmentally-intensive and it shall have to take measures to address both the internal and external dimensions of the Kashmir issue taking on board all the stakeholders including the separatists,” Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said addressing an election rally in Ganderbal constituency.

Sayeed said while PDP would continue to act as a facilitator for resolving the Kashmir issue and the matters confronting Jammu and Kashmir, the party would carry forward its agenda of political resolution, economic development, good governance, justice and merit, for which it had laid foundation in 2002.

Terming the power of vote as the game-changer in a democratic setup, he said a new course for Jammu and Kashmir can be decided only by the people by exercising their right to franchise effectively.

“Let me make it clear that the power to change the destiny of the State lies with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and not elsewhere,” he said.

The former chief minister said, “People have to play their role decisively in the upcoming assembly elections, not only to show door to those who have traded the State's interests for power, but also to give a befitting reply to the divisive elements who are out to polarize the people on religious and ethnic lines.

“It was the decisive vote by the emancipated voters of Ganderbal that restored the credibility of election system in Kashmir and paved the way for the formation of the PDP-led coalition government which transformed the political and developmental landscape of Jammu and Kashmir in its brief stint of three years,” he said.

“We hope people would judge us on our performance during our brief stint in the government, in opposition and on the basis of our political, economic and developmental agenda and give us a clear mandate in the Assembly elections,” he added.