Anantnag: PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said on Tuesday that although Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah succeeded in ratifying Kashmir’s accession to a India, he failed to unite Kashmir and Jammu regions within the state.
“Sheikh sahab was a great leader. The credit for Kashmir’s merger with India goes to him only. But he failed to foster good relations between the two regions of the state… my aim is to strengthen these relations. And we have succeeded in doing so to a great extent,” he told an election meeting at Khanabal Dak Bungalow.
He told the gathering that he wants the people of the two regions to speak in one voice.
Terming the shift of power to his coalition partner Congress in 2005 as a “political blunder”, Mufti said even former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had admitted that the transfer had been a mistake.
“Sonia wanted me to continue and even conveyed it to me over phone. But later she too succumbed to pressure after which I agreed to the decision of power shifting,” Mufti said.
“My period was a golden era. Besides the development in all the three regions of the state, a sense of security had prevailed during my tenure. But the shifting of power derailed everything. And during the NC-Congress coalition the state was pushed back to the era of darkness and insecurity,” he said.
Mufti said the people of the state are now in a mood for a political change. “There is a PDP wave across the state,” he said.