Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday vowed to pursue the agenda of political resolution to the Kashmir problem, economic empowerment and good governance, saying the state has suffered “political subversion” over the last seven decades and can ill-afford further disruption.
She said some forces with “dangerous agenda” are active on the ground to divide the people in the name of religion and region, and their every attempt has to be defeated with firmness.
Expressing her resolve to establish a new system of justice and equality in the state, she said the aim of her party was to script a new chapter in the political history of the state by removing the trust deficit between different regions.
She sought the people’s cooperation in maintaining calm so that developmental initiatives can take shape.
Mehbooba, who heads the PDP, asked her party cadres to reach out to all sections of society to confront emerging challenges posed by the different “divisive and subversive forces” in the state.
“Political subversion and uncertainty that the state has faced in the last seven decades has already taken a heavy toll on the state, its economy and human resources.
“It can ill-afford any further disruption and the attempts being made currently by some quarters to squeeze the space for its residents will have to be met with maturity, wisdom, collective action and democratic assertion of our rights,” she said, addressing a meeting of prominent leaders, office bearers, and party cadres here.
She said her party will carry forward its agenda of political resolution, economic empowerment, good governance and employment generation and convert Jammu and Kashmir into a real welfare state.
Noting that this vision is mentioned in the party’s ‘Agenda of Alliance’ with the BJP, she said her party has been able to inspire confidence among a majority of the people in all the regions of the state about its ability to resolve the problems faced by Jammu and Kashmir on political, economic, administrative and financial fronts.
“(The) PDP is a cementing force to unite all regions and sub- regions of the state,” Mehbooba said, adding her party, unlike other political parties, has never indulged in doublespeak to hoodwink the people for petty political gains.
“Earning faith and trust of the people of J-K is the biggest achievement of (the) PDP,” she said and asked party cadres to take the PDP’s message of peace, harmony and stability to the grassroots level.
The chief minister said the agenda of the PDP could, to a large extent, respond to the complex problems of the state.
Expressing satisfaction at the steady growth of the PDP as a platform for change in Jammu and Kashmir, she said “the credit goes to the disciplined, dedicated and ideologically motivated cadres” of the party and people living in all regions of the state.
“It is because of the selfless efforts of the party cadres that the PDP has now emerged as a respectable voice from the state that channelizes the aspirations of the people across regions, religions and communities— representing the beautiful mosaic of the diversity of J-K,” she said.