Srinagar: Expressing satisfaction over the peaceful culmination of the first phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir with an "encouraging" turnout, opposition PDP on Tuesday said the trends emerging from the voting show that people of the state want change.
"People are participating in this election to write a new script in the state's political history and the trend shows that they are enthusiastically voting for change," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said while addressing a series of election rallies in Langate Assembly segment of Kupwara district.
Hailing the state administration and the Election Commission, Mehbooba said, "I also express my appreciation for ECI and the state administration for the smooth conduct of the first phase of polls in Jammu and Kashmir with encouraging participation."
The PDP president said it is heartening to note that braving all odds people are participating in the electoral process in respectable numbers not only to vote out the "anarchist" NC-Congress coalition regime, but keep the divisive forces at bay.
"While PDP has undoubtedly emerged as the first choice of the masses, it is to be seen how strong and decisive mandate people are going to hand over to their party to decisively address the challenges confronting the state," she said.
The PDP has emerged as the "only credible" political force in the state to take up head-on the emerging challenges posed by different forces in the state, she said.
"The trends emerging out of the first phase of voting are a matter of great satisfaction for PDP and, I on behalf of the entire leadership of my party, assure the people that we won't let them down and will do justice with their mandate," Mehbooba said.
"We thank people for once again having reposed their trust in the democratic process and constitutional methods of finding a resolution to the Kashmir issue and the issues of Jammu and Kashmir," she added.