Mehbooba Mufti re-elected PDP president

Greater Kashmir

Says firm on protecting Article 370

Jammu, Jan 24: Member Parliament Mehbooba Mufti was on Saturday re-elected unopposed as president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for next three years. She was re-elected by the party’s Electoral College that met here.
The name of incumbent president was proposed by party MPs Tariq Hameed Karra and Muzaffar Hussain Baig and seconded by senior leaders Vikramaditya Singh and Rangeel Singh.
She was elected unopposed with voice vote as no other person stood in the election.
The 52-year-old Mehbooba, a Law graduate from University of Kashmir, joined politics in 1996 when she was elected from Bijbehara Assembly seat on Congress ticket.
Announcing the election result, Veeri congratulated Mehbooba on the re-election. He said that all the committees of the party will stand dissolved and new committees and office bearers will be announced soon by the president.
Addressing the party’s Electoral College after the re-election, Mehbooba said her party was firm on its stand on protecting special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.
“People of Kashmir despite being part of the Muslim majority state opted to accede with India after getting special status and any attempt to disturb it would be breach of promise,” she said,
“The State got special status due to being Muslim majority state during Maharaja Hari Singh’s time and the people of the country should respect this historical decision.”
She added that PDP was committed to safeguard  the special status of state and it’s also duty of every citizen of India to keep that promise with people of Kashmir so that they do not feel isolated.
Stressing on the need of dialogue between India and Pakistan, she said, “Jammu and Kashmir is by-product of partition and its prosperity and development  depends upon good relations between the two  countries.
Retaliating demand of revoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act, she said, “When there were thousands of militants in the state it was justified but now when the security agencies claim that the number of militants have reduced to 50-60, there is no logic to keep this law in place.”
On government formation, she said, “PDP and BJP may have different ideology but if there is a possibility to provide good government for welfare of the state we will not hesitate to join hands. But it is a stark reality that BJP and PDP have got mandate from two different regions and in both the cases it was against the “misrule and incapability’ of NC and Congress.”
She said that people of Jammu and Kashmir have given a decisive verdict to initiate steps to bridge gap between Jammu and Kashmir regions.
“Character of the verdict might be looking different but one thing is clear that it is a mandate against corruption and nepotism. It is decisive mandate because people of Kashmir Valley have over-whelmingly voted for PDP and people of Jammu have over-whelmingly voted in favour of BJP,” she said.