J&K’s faith on democracy shouldn’t go away ‘unattended’: Imran Raza Ansari

Srinagar, Dec 25: People’s Conference (PC) General Secretary Imran Raza Ansari Friday said that New Delhi should open eyes and adress the genuine concerns of people of J&K as they reposed their faith on democracy during recently concluded DDC polls.

Speaking exclusively to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Ansari said that people of Jammu and Kashmir came out in large numbers during DDC elections and reposed their faith again in the democratic set up of the country. He appealed Government of India to reciprocate and address the genuine concern of people of the territory.

The PC leader said that New Delhi shouldn’t waste time now and come up with a tangible policy to erase the disillusionment dominated on the faces of people of Jammu and Kashmir after August 5, 2019.

He added that it was a good omen that DDC polls were conducted after a long spell and in a free and fair manner. “Prior to polls it was rounding that elections would be rigged to reap the benefit for a particular party. But I think the elections were conducted in a free and fair atmosphere which should be lauded”, he said.

Ansari alleged that there was a “babu culture” in J&K where few political leaders had created obstacles in developmental activities and looted state’s exchequer by both hands but after DDC polls people gave a clear message and handed over their trust to new faces.

“During DDC polls people made succeed new faces instead of traditional ones and I hope these newly elected people will serve the community with zeal and passion”, the PC leader added.

He further added that no body can separate Jammu from Kashmir and vice-versa. “We should not get which party got more votes, rather it is a win of democracy and India as well as people came out in bulk to cast their ballots”, he added.

Ansari while continuing said that whosoever voted during DDC polls wishes for a “dignified” and “peaceful” life. “I visited many places for campaigning and I met people there who wanted their life should be dignified and peaceful”, he said.

“People at grassroots level are stuck in a quagmire of uncertainty and want to come out of this political limbo. They voted for peace, prosperity and for the survival of a dignified life. I hope elected ones will address their concerns in their respective domains”, he added.

When asked about PAGD, he said that the spirit of alliance seems missing. “Amidst polls, a particular party in the alliance enlisted their candidates which created fissures in the alliance. Days were taken to make the list public. So I think the spirit which should be there, is missing”, he said. (KNS)