June 2016 News

Winning Anantnag Bypoll A Matter Of Pride For Me, Says Mehbooba

11 June 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Suhail A Shah

Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti held road shows in different village of the Anantnag Assembly constituency and urged people to vote for her as holding her father's legacy was a matter of pride for her. 'Don't think I don't need your votes now that I am the Chief Minister. It is a matter of pride for me to hold on to my father's legacy,' Mehbooba said, addressing a gathering at Chee village on the outskirts of Anantnag town, while urging people not to be complacent about voting this time around. Mehbooba visited several villages and addressed roadside meetings at KP Chowk, Batpora, Seepan, Mirgund, Chee, Anchidora, Pragashpora, Anzwala, Wantarang, Kehribal, Shalpora, Rampora, Puhru, Mattan Adda, Achabal Adda, Baginder, Mirdantar, Hajidantar, Poshwara, Muniward and Takia Bal. She said her concern was to fulfil her father's dreams for the area, 'which he had wanted to fulfil as a payback to what he called his home'. 'The PDP has established clear political priorities and we will continue our struggle to seek the resolution of the multiple problems faced by Jammu and Kashmir on political, economic, development, administrative and financial fronts,' Mehbooba said. She said the driving force for the PDP's emergence as a robust regional force is the public support it has got for its pro-people policies, 'without which the party could not have achieved much.' 'I compliment the PDP cadres for effectively carrying the party's pro-people agenda to the grassroots and working tirelessly towards implementation of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's political, economic and developmental vision for J&K,' she said. 'We would continue to work towards accomplishing his (Mufti Sayeed) vision to create a space of dignity, opportunity and prosperity for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially our emancipated youth,' she asserted. 'Like other parts of the state, Mufti Saheb always wanted to restore the historic glory of Anantnag, which has faced huge development deficit due to political neglect in the past,' she added. The Anantnag bypolls were necessitated by the death of former Chief Minister and Mehbooba's father Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who was elected at the seat twice in a row. 'You have been giving me all the love like you did to my father and I feel humbled,' Mehbooba said. Mehbooba told people that her father had certain dreams for the Anantnag constituency and the district, 'which unfortunately could not be fulfilled'. 'I want to fulfil all my father's dreams vis-a-vis Anantnag district and this constituency in particular,' Mehbooba said. 'He held gratitude for the people of this particular district and so do I. To realise his dreams will be a fitting tribute for the people of this area,' she said. Polls for Anantnag are scheduled to take place on June 22, where seven other candidates are in the fray. Congress candidate Hilal Shah, a new comer, who was the runner-up in 2014 elections and defeated by the senior Mufti only by 6,000 votes, is again in the fray. National Conference (NC), after their senior leader from Anantnag Mehboob Beg's shifting to the PDP, has been left in the lurch with a novice Iftikhar Misger, who only managed to garner 1,800 votes in 2014. The NC has been forced to field Misger again.