Though the poll results are yet to come, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday declared victory in the first two rounds of elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Substantial endorsement of PDP’s political, economic and developmental agenda by the people in the Parliamentary polls and the first two phases of the ongoing assembly elections is the greatest achievement for the party,” said PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in a rally in Srinagar.
The first two phases out of five are over in the state with 33 seats already sealing the fate of the political parties in the machines, which will be counted on December 23.
The PDP claims it has won from many seats.
Claiming to have “earned credibility among the masses,” Sayeed said, “His party has not only articulated people’s aspirations in a responsive and responsible manner but delivered on the development front as well.”
Addressing multiple rallies in Srinagar, set to go to polls in December 14, Sayeed said the power to change the destiny of the state lies with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and not elsewhere.
“Unfortunately the lopsided policies of the NC-Congress coalition government have again pushed Kashmir into a gloomy scenario of despair and alienation,” he alleged.
The former Union home minister claimed he will “retrieve the state from the present quagmire:”
“Emerging as a genuine and authentic voice of the people of J&K, PDP has opened itself to new responsibilities as the expectations of the people with the party have grown manifold,” he said.
The former chief minister said his party is ready to respond to and mitigate the complex problems of the state. “Whether decades long political uncertainty, development deficit, unfulfilled aspirations, mounting unemployment, corruption, nepotism and favouritism,” he added.
He blamed the “bad governance during the past six years for pushing the state in general and the Srinagar city in particular into virtual destitution as is evident from the state of affairs in this historic city today”.
“The problem was only aggravated by the devastating floods that hit the state this September,” he said.
He promised to establish Srinagar as a model city, “where people get what they deserve as a matter of right like members of a dignified society.”
“While recovery and rehabilitation would be the focus of his government, the areas of immediate concern would be revival of trade and reconstruction of flood-ravaged assets,” he added.
The PDP patron said a flood protection master plan would be put into place for all major rivers and their tributaries besides building new protection bund on river Jhelum and its tributaries.
“Brari-Nambal Lagoon would be developed on the pattern of Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad. Srinagar would be developed as Smart City, with rapid traffic system including metro, multi-level parking facilities, promoting vertical accommodation, and creation of pedestrian only zones in some of the selected markets,” he said.