Srinagar: Opposition Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) Thursday said it will channelise people`s power, gained from panchayat institutions more effectively to press for resolution of Kashmir problem and simultaneously bring
speed and transparency into developmental process.
"Our expanding democratic space, as a result of
village institutions like panchayats, would add significantly
to the party`s ability to pursue its political and development
agenda more vigorously," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said at
a party function here.
The PDP president said that Jammu and Kashmir was
facing peculiar problems and it could not be compared with any
other state of the country or any area in the entire region.
"On one hand, it remained a bone of contention between
two neighbouring countries and on the other, people have
suffered serious fallout of uncertain political conditions and
the unchallenged monopoly of a single party over the decades,"
Mehbooba said the discourse about Kashmir had now
changed and a new consensus had evolved in which all political
parties in the state, whether they acknowledge it or not, are
obliged to talk in holistic terms.
She said this was the result of the trend setting
politics of inclusion pragmatism and possibilities that was
pursued by PDP under the leadership of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.
"Kashmir problem is no more viewed in fragments or
compartments," she asserted.
Mehbooba said the overwhelming participation of the
people in Panchayat elections should be viewed positively as
an assertion of the people as the real stakeholders in power
She said the panchayat elections should serve as an
eye opener to the state government which could still try to
retrieve some of its lost credibility by genuinely working for
the welfare of the state.
"No amount of publicity, photo opportunities, hollow
announcements and catering to vested interest would work
anymore," she added.
Mehbooba claimed that the results of panchayat polls
in many areas, including Char-e-Sharief constituency showed
that the ruling National Conference had lost people`s trust.
"The results in Char-e-Sharief constituency carried a
clear message to all parties in the state. Even though the
government had conspired to hold Panchayat elections on non-
party basis to hide its failure both in governance and
election results, but actually the voting had taken place
mostly along party lines and those supported by NC have been
the main losers," she said.