Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today urged people to use ballot as a means for changing their destiny, saying that the party is contesting polls to give trusted and credible representatives to the common man.
"PDP is contesting Lok Sabha elections to give trusted and credible representatives to the people so that issues related to Jammu and Kashmir should be staunchly and stoutly highlighted in the Parliament", Sayeed said while addressing separate gatherings here.
"Being one of the most important state of the country there is need that aspirations and wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be effectively taken up in the Parliament and only PDP candidates have potential to do so," he said. "We have fielded credible and most trusted candidates in the Lok Sabha elections so as to give voice to the people of Jammu and Kashmir," he said adding people should use ballot as a means for changing their destiny.
"Unlike other political parties PDP has never bartered aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the sake of power," he said and reminded that despite having just 16 MLAs in 2002 PDP had scripted a new chapter in the history of the State and restored dignity and honour of the people. "It was result of our convictions that successive governments at New Delhi supported steps we had taken during our tenure," he said and reminded that previous NDA regime headed by Atal Behari Vajpayee and present UPA government headed by Manmohan Singh have endorsed the PDP's view points on Kashmir.
He further said his party has pioneered a political and economic agenda to establish sustainable peace and to fulfil the wishes and aspirations of all regions and sub-regions of the State. "Establishing lasting peace and to consolidate the reconciliation process is on the top of the agenda of PDP," he said adding "our party, through its pro-peace policies, has consolidated reconciliation process and facilitated the efforts of establishing peace in this region." "Attaining power is not the only aim of PDP. We, with the support of the people, want to change the present ineffective system," he said.
PDP wants to establish a system where every sections of the society would get equal opportunities of development and upliftment, he said. Terming PDP as a movement to change destiny of the people, Mufti said that his party has emerged as strong and credible voice of the people of Jammu and Kashmir because common masses have faith on the party. "The pro-people visionary agenda of the party is formulated by incorporating wishes and aspirations of all sections of the society and we never compromised with our agenda for attaining power," he said.