Jammu, Jan 24: Mehbooba Mufti has been re-elected as president of People’s Democratic Party for the fourth consecutive terms.
Her name was proposed by Members of Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Baig as well as Tariq Hamid Qarra and seconded by senior PDP leaders Sardar Rangeel Singh and Vikramaditya.
The election, held under the chairmanship of MLA AR Veeri and observed by former MLC Ved Mahajan, concluded with voice vote in favour of Mehbooba Mufti.
Later addressing the party leaders at the PDP headquarters, here today, she termed recent Assembly election results as a decisive verdict to initiate steps for bridging gap between Jammu and Kashmir regions.
She also said that a PDP-BJP Government would be an opportunity to improve State’s relations with Indian Union as well as Indo-Pak ties.
“Character of the verdict might be looking different but one thing is clear that it is a mandate against corruption and nepotism. It is decisive mandate because people of Kashmir Valley have over-whelmingly voted for PDP and people of Jammu have over-whelmingly voted in favour of BJP”, she said.
Mehbooba said that PDP would work assiduously to strengthen relations between Jammu and Kashmir regions and between people of Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the country. “We will work as facilitator to normalize relations between India and Pakistan”, she added.
“Verdict of 2014 Assembly elections is against mis-rule of NC-Congress coalition which had crossed all limits of corruption, loot and nepotism”, she said and added that people of Jammu and Kashmir have taught a lesson to both NC and Congress for their misdeeds.
Rampant corruption mis-governance and lack of transparency were the trade mark of the NC-Congress Government which has been thrown out by the people in the elections, she added.
Hinting that the party has reached out an understanding with BJP vis-à-vis Article 370, the PDP president said that it was duty of every citizen of the country to protect special position of Jammu and Kashmir. “It is testing time for us. People, especially in Kashmir, have their own apprehension and are hesitantly looking at the political leadership of State and country. Jammu and Kashmir has been given special status in the Indian Constitution due to its distinct identity at the time of its accession and it is the responsibility of entire nation to protect this status in the interest of people and country at large”, she said.
Expressing gratitude towards party workers for re-electing her as party president, she said it was matter of satisfaction that PDP has emerged as strong political force in the State as well as a credible voice of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.