People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday claimed that 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 solve the multiple problems."
"The party, with a decisive mandate, will carry forward its agenda of political resolution, good governance and employment generation and convert Jammu and Kashmir into a real welfare state," she said.
Mehbooba, also an MP from Anantanag constituency, said, "Apart from political, administrative and financial mess that the present coalition government has pushed the state into the new challenges which can be addressed if the PDP, under Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, gets a clear mandate from the people."
She said the vision of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed about the resolution of political problems of the state is already underway after the historic initiatives of 2003.
"Prime Minister (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee's bold initiatives were possible only when a chief minister of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's political sagacity, maturity and vision was at the helm in the state," she said.
"Till then his (Vajpayee's) ally government led by the NC in the state, with a brute majority of 60 members in the assembly, had compromised on already every issue ranging from recommendation of bombing Pakistan to banning of new schools, recruitment to government jobs, banning shahtoos and handing over the best power projects to the Centre," she added.
Mehbooba said the Lok Sabha elections have provided a credible platform for the workers and cadres of the party to build for a decisive mandate from the people. "Instead of breeding over-confidence or complacence, it should inspire us to reach out to all sections of society and those who still are not convinced about our intentions and agenda need to be approached with humility."
She said the prospects of a rout in the coming elections have frustrated the government and it is employing all tricks to somehow survive on the political landscape.
"The NC-led government is trying to employ strong-arm methods against the officials and the workers of the PDP to harass them into submission on the other hand they are making false promises, fake and funny foundation laying and ribbon cutting ceremonies and inventing new methods of selling non-existent jobs," she alleged.