Mehbooba re-elected PDP president

first_imgMehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of J&K, was re-elected president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu on Saturday and pledged to “work towards reconciliation in the State”.“I am thankful to the party in reposing their trust and electing me their President. I will work tirelessly to fulfil our shared vision of development, inclusiveness and reconciliation in J&K,” said Ms. Mufti, 58, after being elected for the sixth consecutive term since 2003.Senior PDP leader Haseeb Drabu proposed Ms. Mufti’s name for the post. The internal polls were presided over by another senior party leader A. R. Veeri.Her election comes a year after the PDP saw internal fissures over entering into the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).PDP vice-president Sartaj Madni said, “Ms. Mufti’s re-election will augur well for the party and the State as she will lead from the front with a renewed resolve and added dedication.”State Opposition party National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah tweeted . “Congratulations to Ms. Mufti on being re-elected PDP president. We may not agree on much these days but I wish you well,” In her reply, the Chief Minister wrote: “Thanks for the wishes Mr. Omar. Debate is the essence of democracy so we can agree to disagree on certain issues.”‘Normalcy claims false’Meanwhile, NC president and MP Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said “claims of normalcy in the Valley made by the Central and the State governments were contrary to the ground situation in Kashmir”.“There is a growing sense of alienation, especially among the youth. Those claiming things have improved in Kashmir after the mayhem, bloodshed and misery of 2016 are contradicting the reality on the ground. We have left our youth disillusioned and disenchanted from the system,” said Dr. Abdullah in his public address in Budgam.“Both New Delhi and Islamabad need to initiate dialogue on all outstanding issues, especially that of Kashmir in a sincere effort to usher the sub-continent into a corrective era of stability, mutual cooperation and harmony,” he said.last_img