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PDP mellows down ahead of talks
Press Trust of India, PTI
Anantnag, October 24, 2002
First Published: 17:40 IST(24/10/2002)
Last Updated: 17:40 IST(24/10/2002)

Ahead of the crucial talks on Friday with the Congress on government formation, PDP on Thursday mellowed its hardline position on the much-vilified Special Task Force of the police and made right noises to Congress but made no reference to the chief ministership.

PDP chief Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who will meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Friday, said he had a "flexible" way of working and hoped that a coalition with that party would fructify.

"The people of Jammu and Kashmir have voted for opposition parties and given a fractured verdict in which a coalition government becomes inevitable. I want the wishes of the people to be respected as voice of people is the voice of God", Sayeed said addressing a rally at the Lal Chowk in Anantnag.

Displaying a copy of his party's manifesto, he said all the issues have been discussed with Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Delhi and Manmohan Singh in Srinagar.

He lauded the role of Congress and said it was a wise decision not to implement POTA in Congress-run states.

In what is seen as yet another climb down ahead of the Delhi meeting, Sayeed said that his party was against disbanding of STF, a wing of the state police for countering terrorism against which allegations had been levelled.

"We will try to weed out some people with vested interests within the STF and make it more responsive", he said.

Besides the chief minister's post, disbanding of STF was another issue that figured in a major way in the talks between Congress and PDP.

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