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PDP finalises party candidates for assembly polls

PDP finalises party candidates for assembly polls SRINAGAR: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir today said it had finalised the list of candidates for upcoming assembly polls in the state and would declare their names shortly.

The PDP’s Politcal Affairs Committee (PAC) met under the chairmanship of party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and discussed the electoral strategy for the assembly elections scheduled later this year, a PDP spokesman said.

It also finalised the list of party candidates for the polls and their names would be released shortly, he said.

The meeting was attended among others by three party MPs — PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, Muzaffar Hussain Baig and Tariq Hameed Karra.

It reviewed the political situation in the state in the light of results of the Lok Sabha polls and discussed the names of party candidates considering different parameters, the spokesman said.

Addressing the meeting, Sayeed asked party leaders to continue with their mass contact programme and organisational activities to seek a decisive mandate from the people for a strong and accountable government in the state.

“There are strong indicators that the PDP is headed for a win in the Assembly polls as well but the Lok Sabha results should not lead to complacency,” the PDP patriach said.

“The people must get a dependable alternative which can address their problems, curb corruption, ensure upholding of human rights and offers a new world to youths,” he said.

Peace and development along with a special focus on issues facing the youths, especially employment generation, should continue to guide party’s policies and agenda, Sayeed said.

The party would continue to provide an inclusive platform for all regions and communities of the state for opportunities of growth, he said.

“It is unfortunate that the elections in many areas were driven by a communal polarisation and it will be necessary to reverse this trend for building a modern welfare state,” the former Chief Minister said.