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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Elections were never a solution to Kashmir problem, Mehbooba reiterates she won’t contest polls

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has said elections have never been a solution to the Jammu and Kashmir issue, though they are important for addressing the basic needs of people.

She said her party is ready for the polls whenever they are held.

“Elections have never been a solution to the J-K issue. Elections, whether they take place today or tomorrow, will keep on happening. While they are important for addressing the basic needs of the people, they (elections) are not my priority. Whenever they take place, we are ready for that,” Mehbooba told reporters in north Kashmir’s Kupwara.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief also accused India of trying to divide the Muslim votes in Jammu and Kashmir by propping up new parties.

“The Centre is attempting to divide the majority community vote in J-K. The Congress is being split, people were taken out from the PDP, the NC, and new parties were created. It is being done to disempower the people here, to reduce their power. But I am sure that the people of Kashmir are politically mature and they understand it,” she said.

Mehbooba has said several times in the past that she is not going to fight the assembly elections as her objective is to seek the restoration of Article 370 of the Constitution which was abrogated by the BJP-led government in August 2019.

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