Though the poll results are yet to come, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday already declared itself victorious 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 the results of 33 seats already sealed in voting machines. Although counted will be held on December 23, yet the PDP has already gone in the victory mode.
Claiming to have "earned credibility among the masses," Sayeed said his party has not only articulated the 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 also said his party is ready to respond to and mitigate the complex problems of the state. "Whether it is decades-long political uncertainty, development deficit, unfulfilled aspirations, mounting unemployment, corruption, nepotism and favouritism," he added.
Mufti 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 also promised to make Srinagar a Smart City with a rapid traffic system including metro, multi-level parking facilities, promoting vertical accommodation, and creation of pedestrians-only zones in some of the selected markets.