Civic polls a victory for democracy: Mufti
29 January 2005
Our Staff Reporter
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today said democratic roots had been strengthened in the State with the conduct of civic polls. The Mufti told The Hindu: 'The participation of people from all parts of the State in the civic elections would go a long way in strengthening the democratic process in the State. Normal democratic functioning has an inherent capability to solve the disaffection of the people at every level and this is already happening in the State. It is a slow process but it is certainly happening in our State and results are before all to see.' It did not matter which party got more seats in the civic polls as the holding of the elections with mass participation was itself a victory for democratic forces. 'You may have differences on political ideologies but the interest of the people should be foremost. There are bound to be differences in any democratic process. It is a great source of satisfaction for me that people are coming forward to either contest or canvass support for party candidates in the civic polls,' the Mufti said.