PDP aims for bigger role, not power: Mufti


Jammu, Dec 5: Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Monday said his party is aiming for a bigger role on the state’s political landscape and to be in power was never mandatory for its leadership.
“We are not here to topple the governments. Our political objective is bigger. We want to get people of Jammu and Kashmir out of the present quagmire and change their fate for good,” Mufti said while addressing a function to welcome eminent political leader from Poonch Shah Muhammad Tantary, who joined PDP today alongwith his supporters.
“The pro-people visionary agenda of PDP is formulated by incorporating wishes and aspirations of all sections of the society and we never compromised with our agenda for attaining power”, Mufti said.
The former Chief Minister said it was because of the visionary political and economic agenda of the party that PDP has emerged as “real voice of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and has earned credibility of the masses through politics of conviction”.
Seeking cooperation of the people, he said that PDP with the help of the masses wants to change destiny of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “It is the people who ensure peace, security and development in their respective areas so with the power of people I want to establish lasting peace in this region”, he said and pointed towards emergence of strong regional political powers in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and some other parts of the country where people have brought changes through regional political power.
Sayeed reminded that in the year 2002 when PDP-Congress government was formed there was total chaos and confusion in the state. “The PDP led regime, not only rekindled new hope among the state’s distressed, agonized and traumatized masses, but it also devised and started implementing focused developmental strategies for every area of the state”, he reminded.
“After suffering decades of deprivation and neglect, for the first time all the regions and sub-regions of the state had started tasting development with the change of guard in 2002,”, he said.
“It was the result of our conviction that successive governments at New Delhi supported whenever steps we had taken during our tenure”, he said and reminded that previous NDA regime headed by Atal Behari Vajpayee and present UPA government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh endorsed PDP’s view-points on Kashmir.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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