Seeking a decisive mandate to accomplish the unfinished agenda of sustainable peace and inclusive growth for Jammu and Kashmir, People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday said assembly elections would mark a new beginning in Jammu and Kashmir as people have made up their mind to establish a new system in the state.
Launching election campaign in the Jammu province from the Nagrota assembly segment along with former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and Yuvraj Vikramaditya Singh, Mufti said, "It is the writing on the wall that change is imminent in J&K and the people of J&K are looking towards the PDP as only alternative to get rid of the present corrupt and inept system."
"People of the state are eagerly waiting for the opportunity to teach a lesson to those who are responsible for compounding their woes during the last six years", Mufti said, adding, "PDP has emerged as a strong and viable alternative because there is the feeling among the people that only the PDP has the moral authority to govern the state because during its earlier tenure it had proved how to deliver good governance."
Seeking support for party candidate Hussain Ali Wafa, who is the PDP candidate for the Nagrota assembly segment, Mufti said unlike the other political parties, capturing power was not the sole aim of the PDP.
"It is my desire to strengthen inter-regional unity among Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions", he said.
Without naming any party, Mufti said that unlike other political parties the PDP never tried to create regional or religious divide to reap political benefits. "We tried to reach out to every nook and corner of the state to win hearts and minds of the people", he said and added that the PDP's pro-peace policies were positively reciprocated by the people from every section of the society.
Speaking on the occasion, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh said that deceitful tactics of the National Conference leadership were responsible for trust deficit among the different regions of the state. "For years together, the NC leadership has brazenly exploited sentiments of the people to remain in power," he said and reminded the people that it was only during the regime of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed that every region was treated equally.