The success of the Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) in the district development council (DDC) is a clear answer as what the people of Jammu and Kashmir want.
The participation of the people in large numbers in these polls is a clear indication that people of J&K want to fight for their snatched constitutional rights in a democratic manner. The verdict is an eye-opener for the BJP government, who had launched propaganda since last August that people of J&K have accepted its arbitrary and unconstitutional decision of revoking the erstwhile state’s special status under the Article 370.
Also an attempt is being made to polarize the verdict by showing that BJP won big in Jammu which is not a reality. If we analyze the polls results, it clearly shows that the BJP is not all over in Jammu. The PAGD, the Congress, the Panthers Party, BSP and other independents have won good number of seats and have a significant vote share. Showing that the mandate is polarized between Jammu and Kashmir regions is not true.
The PAGD could have won more seats both in Kashmir and Jammu, if it would have got time for preparation for the polls which were announced abruptly by the government. Also unfortunately at some places there was a lack of united approach between the PAGD constituents which was avoidable. But nevertheless, the mandate in favour of the PAGD is a clear indication by the people of Jammu and Kashmir that they want their rights restored which were snatched away from them last August.
The completion of the DDC polls which by and large remained peaceful is appreciable. The mandate of the people has to be respected now. It is imperative that the concerns of the people – whether political or developmental – are taken care of. There are common concerns in Kashmir and Jammu for moving forward together.
The CPI (M) congratulates the people of J&K for their participation in the polls and assured that their winning candidates will struggle for their rights at every forum
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