Srinagar,April 21 (Scoop News) –Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said the impression that governments in the state are actually ‘made in Delhi’ has been a major reason for democracy being unable to take firm roots in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a public meeting in Lolab, Kupwara today he said democracy is an idea and a way of life that has to have complete freedom from curbs and restrictions the state has witnessed for one reason or the other. District President & MLA Lolab Ab Haq Khan, Peer Ab Gani Ex- MLA, Fayaz Ah Mir, Mohd Afzal, Mohd Shafi and Gh Mohd Trade Union leader were also present and spoke on this occasion.
Mufti said as long as the impression that external elements can influence the outcome of elections lingered efforts at changing the atmosphere of mistrust and uncertainty would fail. "The ability of the people to elect their own government and the discretion to change them is the first requirement for their empowerment. But unfortunately with only a few exceptions there has been a strong element of doubt about the fairness of polls in J&K" he said.
The PDP patron said while there was a huge responsibility on the central leadership in ensuring free and fair elections, the people of the state too had to respond to this situation with courage and wisdom. He said the 2008 elections established that only those constituencies which recorded low polling percentage were vulnerable to so called management and tactical rigging. "I hope next time the people, especially in the urban areas would not give political parties a chance to take them for a ride in the name of boycott. You can make us all politicians and parties accountable only by using your vote effectively to reward those who perform and punish those who run away with your vote only to turn against you" he told the people.
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