BJP workers hold ‘victory parade’

Srinagar: BJP workers held a ‘victory parade’ here Saturday  to celebrate the party’s spectacular win in Lok Sabha elections and expressed hope that Narendra Modi would take steps to improve security and development scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.
Dozens of BJP supporters, including women, held a parade from Sher-e-Kashmir Park to Pratap Park in the heart of the city, shouting slogans in support of Modi.
“I am very happy that Modi won. Only he can improve situation in Kashmir and work for the development of the state,” BJP worker Ayesha said.
Another party worker Bashir Ahmad said Jammu and Kashmir needed special attention from Modi as it lacked on every development index.
“We are hopeful that the new Prime Minister will take path-breaking steps like the ones taken by Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his tenure. A special employment package will help the state come out of its difficulties,” Ahmad said.
The supporters also burst firecrackers inside Pratap Park before dispersing peacefully.
Meanwhile, a PDP spokesman said victory celebrations continued for the second day today as various rallies and functions were held in different parts of Kashmir to rejoice the win of the party president Mehbooba Mufti, former deputy chief minister Muzzafar Hussain Baig and former finance minister Tariq Hameed Karra from Anantnag, Baramulla and Srinagar Lok Sabha seats, respectively.
“The official Gupkar residence of Mehbooba was abuzz with the activities where senior politicians and people from different walks of life came in large numbers to congratulate the party president. And similar scenes were also witnessed at the residence of Baig and Karra,” the spokesman said.
He said the party leaders expressed gratitude to the people for reposing trust in the electoral process.
“We are overwhelmed by the kind support you have given us in the elections to represent your aspirations and sentiments at the national level,” the spokesman quoted the party leaders while interacting with the visitors.