Awantipore: Peoples Democratic Party candidate for Anantnag parliamentary constituency Tassaduq Mufti on Saturday said his USP for the upcoming by polls would be restoration of the ruined ecology of Kashmir.
“If you look around apart from generating new job avenues it will be a step towards preserving the natural beauty and precious resources of Kashmir,” Tassaduq, brother of Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, said on the sidelines of a low-key election campaign at the Community Hall Awantipora.
Stating that situation has not returned to normal in south Kashmir, Tassaduq said there were security concerns for his workers.
“We do not want to imperil the lives of workers and voters. That is why I do not expect people to come in hordes. People can come and cast their votes. It is a right not duty”.
Asked if resistance groups should be allowed to run the poll boycott campaign, the PDP candidate said “democracy means expressing views in a non-violent way”.
Earlier, addressing some 250 workers inside the Hall, mostly aged men, Tassaduq said sustainable development was the need of the hour in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Over the years, due to varied reasons, a lot of damage has been done to Kashmir’s natural landscape with unregulated and ill-conceived developmental initiatives being the main cause for this disaster. It can only be undone when everyone among us starts realizing the importance of ecological restoration and its sustainability,” he said.
Tassaduq said the real empowerment of the people lies in stability and sustainability of the natural systems and for that we all must work together for the sake of our future generations.
Apart from Tassaduq, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, General Secretary PDP Nizamudin Bhat, District President Abdul Gani Dar, MLA Pulwama, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, youth president Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra and others were also present on the occasion.
In his address, Drabu said the situation was not normal yet and it was the duty of workers to contribute their bit towards bringing normalcy.
“If the situation takes an ugly turn Kashmir will be ruined and there will be no business, no industry, no tourism here. We will not exist. Things will be over for us,” Drabu said.
The finance minister said he wanted to change the thinking of the people.
“We have to infuse the new thinking in the party. We have to change the thinking of the people which in turn will change politics in Kashmir,” Drabu said.
“The politics which involves brokers should end. We want to change the way people think about politics in Kashmir. We are bringing new people into the party so that they contribute and create new political thinking,” he said, while making a case for Tassaduq’s candidature.
“The son of Mufti sahib will bring much needed new thinking in the party,” he added.
The finance minister said that there were no government jobs available as such there was need to explore means to uplift the community.
He claimed that PDP will win both the Srinagar and Anantnag constituencies.