SRINAGAR, Dec 12: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) today said the results of the recently held Municipal and Panchayat polls suggest that Congress will emerge as the single largest party in the next Assembly elections of the State.
Addressing a press conference here, JKPCC president, G A Mir, said that their idea of contesting the Municipal and Panchayat elections helped their party to gain ground in all the three regions of the State. “The party’s decision to fight elections has rendered good results and the party is coming forward as the big unit here,” he said, adding that they hope the party is winning majority of the Halqas in the ongoing Panchayat elections as well.
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Mir said that the party had already rejected the divisive and hate politics that has helped them to put up a good show in the election of four states. “Voters of the Hindi heartland rejected the politics of hate by voting for Congress party in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madya Pradesh,” he said.
Congress party’s win in three States will have an impact on Jammu and Kashmir as the common man of the State was keenly watching the development since the morning to see the defeat of BJP. “People of Jammu and Kashmir also want defeat of BJP and we believe that Congress will emerge as the single largest party in the upcoming elections as it is the only party, which is committed to establishing religious plurality in the country and doesn’t believe in divisive politics,” he said
Asked about former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement wherein she had stated that Congress, NC and other parties are united over the divisional status for Pir Panchal and Chenab Valley if divisional status will be given to Ladakh, Mir said the issue to give divisional status to Ladakh was raked up when the timing was not correct.
“I believe the demand of Ladakh people is genuine but the timing was not correct. There should be a debate over it in the Assembly first following which any decision in this regard should be taken. However, there was no coordination between the parties in this regard,” he added.