Jammu: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their "huge participation" in the first phase of Assembly elections and said his party's performance will dash expectations of political analysts.
"The trend of the first phase reinforces the fact that people of the state crave for speedy, equitable and balanced development of the state with adequate employment opportunities for the youth," the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said in a statement issued here today.
He said the performance of Congress will dash the hopes and expectations of the "so-called political pundits and analysts."
Azad said people have accepted the agenda of development, good governance, mutual harmony and brotherhood demonstrated by the Congress-led government from 2006-08.
"Congress gave a new paradigm of development and growth characterised by efficiency and quick delivery of services, and this model created a lasting impact on the hearts and minds of the people," he said.
Describing the post-flood reconstruction as a massive challenge before the state, Azad said Congress-led government alone can rise up to the challenge of reconstruction and rehabilitation in all parts of Jammu and Kashmir and set the state on the path of progress and prosperity.
"Credible, time-tested and effective governance is required at this critical juncture which can revive the process of development and meet the expectations of the people in the post-flood situation," said Azad.