JAMMU, Mar 24: A day after PDP decided against fielding any candidate from the twin Lok Sabha seats of Udhampur and Jammu, its senior leader and MLC Firdous Tak today pleaded before the party high command to review its decision.
“I will not talk about Jammu constituency but as far as Udhampur constituency is concerned, we have filed a review petition before the party high command especially its Parliamentary Board, requesting it to reconsider its decision for the good of the people of Chenab belt,” Tak, who hails from Kishtwar told reporters here. It is to be mentioned here that PDP president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said the Parliamentary Board of the party decided not to field any candidate from the two Lok Sabha seats of Udhampur and Jammu.
“The opposition front is not functioning as it should have but we have taken a unilateral decision to not field candidates from these seats so that the secular vote does not get divided,” she had said.
After the party’s decision, Tak said the party leadership in the region held consultations with civil society, non-political youth organisations and party organisation structure in different areas and it was decided collectively to make a request to the party high command for review of the decision.
“We have logic and reason for our request. BJP, Congress and other parties have ignored this region in every election despite having a large population. We are facing development deficit and even lacking basic facilities like roads, health and educational institutions despite the fact that both BJP and Congress enjoyed power after winning seats from the region,” Tak said. He said they are reaching out to the high command after accessing the ground situation and getting feed back from the people and “we are hopeful of getting a positive response form the party leadership”.