Mehbooba Mufti Urges Voters to Participate in 2024 Election, Rejects Past Methods

Mehbooba Mufti urges Kashmiris to vote in 2024 election, says guns and boycotts have failed. PDP and NC rivalry could shape Kashmir's future in Parliament.

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Mehbooba Mufti Urges Voters to Participate in 2024 Election, Rejects Past Methods

Mehbooba Mufti Urges Voters to Participate in 2024 Election, Rejects Past Methods

Mehbooba Mufti, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on voters in the Anantnag district to take part in the upcoming 2024 election. Speaking to supporters, Mufti emphasized that the past tactics of using guns, stones, and boycotting polls have not yielded any tangible results for the Kashmir cause.

"The only way to address the problems people are facing and the plight of youths languishing in jails is through the ballot," Mufti said. She urged voters to come out in large numbers without fear to cast their votes, noting that this is the first election since 1989 where neither separatists nor militant groups have called for a boycott.

Mufti, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from the Anantnag-Rajouri seat, expressed disappointment over the failure to form a united front with the National Conference (NC) and other parties. She blamed the NC leadership for the collapse of the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a coalition built upon the shared ideals of regional autonomy and Kashmiri identity. Public spats and internal rifts have overshadowed the once-unified front, leading to the two regional parties fielding candidates against each other in the ongoing elections.

Why this matters: The 2024 election in Jammu and Kashmir holds significant importance as it marks the first time in decades that the region is participating in the democratic process without calls for boycotts from separatist or militant groups. The outcome of this election could have far-reaching implications for the future of Kashmir and its relationship with the central government.

Despite the challenges, Mufti remains optimistic about the PDP's prospects. She stated, "The PDP's legacy continues to live on despite being declared 'finished' by leaders of the National Conference party." Mufti called on workers and activists of various political parties to support the PDP, emphasizing the need to rise above partisan politics and fight for the safeguarding of the region's core identity and interests.

Mufti also highlighted the PDP's achievements during its tenure, including ending the Task Force, POTA, and Ikhwan, and initiating a dialogue process with the neighboring country. She assured voters that the PDP would represent their views in Parliament, especially regarding the decision made on August 5, 2019, which stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

As the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Anantnag-Rajouri constituency gains momentum, Mehbooba Mufti's call for voter participation marks a significant shift in the political landscape of Jammu and Kashmir. With the PDP and NC fielding candidates against each other, the outcome of this election will not only determine the representative for the region in Parliament but also

Key Takeaways

  • Mehbooba Mufti urges Anantnag voters to participate in 2024 elections.
  • Past tactics of guns, stones, and boycotts have not yielded results for Kashmir.
  • Mufti disappointed over failure to form united front with National Conference.
  • 2024 election marks first time in decades without separatist or militant boycott calls.
  • Mufti remains optimistic about PDP's prospects, highlights party's past achievements.