Reiterating the will of parliamentary candidates to address Kashmir issue in Parliament, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti Friday ruled out any alliance with any political party in Delhi.
“We stand by our commitment and will change the mindset of people of India regarding Kashmiris,” she said, adding, “We have earlier made it clear that we are not going Delhi for any alliance or Ministry.”
Mehbooba was the parliamentary candidate for Anantnag Lok Sabha (LS) seat and won the election with a margin of 65417 votes against National Conference’s Mehboob Beig. “For the first time in JK we feel a better change and there has been establishment of a better alternative,” She said.
Mehbooba has remained a member of the 14th Lok Sabha, representing the Anantnag constituency of Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, in a veiled attack to NC, she said attempts were made to threaten people by creating violence during elections. “Killings also took place during election process but people still came forward and voted in favor of our party candidates.”
She said PDP was able to be credible on basis of its performance in 2002 manifesto.
Mehbooba, who is the daughter of former Chief Minister of JK, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said several Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) started during their tenure in JK state were backtracked. “All the CBMs including opening of Muzzaffarabad and Rawlakot road were taken to back track,” she said adding, “I am hopeful that me and my other colleagues will try to take that forward.”
Mehbooba maintained that dialogue and reconciliation process started by Vajpayee also came to standstill during the UPA government in India. “The reconciliation process of Vajpayee which was taken ahead by UPA for some time unfortunately came to a standstill.”
She announced that their agenda will be to build a consensus among all the parties of India and change their mindset to adopt a policy of reconciliation with the people in JK as well as Pakistan. “Because we feel that in order to win hearts of people of Jammu and Kashmir there is a need to build good relationship with our neighboring country- Pakistan.”
Mehbooba said participation of around 95 percent youth in election campaign has set a challenge for the party to come up to their expectations. “All of you are aware that the political scenario got changed through out world particularly in JK after partition of youth.”
She thanked people and state administration including Election Commission of India (ECI) for providing free and fair elections. “I complement all the district administrations and ECI as they have succeeded in providing free and fair elections,” she said, adding that the recent election have set a good trend in JK and Indian democracy retrieved its credibility as well.
“People had some misconception that no stalwart of ruling party can be defeated. But, the parliamentary elections gave a good experience.”
She extended gratitude to people for giving overwhelming mandate to PDP and said their party was emerging in Jammu region with a good support of people. “By now PDP got two lakh votes in Jammu,” she said while thanking migrant voters and other minority groups. “We pray that we should live up to their expectations.”