CPI(M) kicks off poll campaign, hails opening of Jehlum valley road

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Srinagar, Oct 20 (UNI) Hailing the resumption of trade through Jehlum valley road, the state secretary of the Communist Party of India (M) Mohammad Yousuf Targami today paid tributes to those who sacrificed their lives for making this dream become a reality.

Kicking off the poll campaign at Kulgam, where people protested against the shortage of essential commodities in the far flung and remote areas, Mr Targami congratulated the people of Kashmir, particularly the people of this district on opening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road for trade from October 21, 2008.

He complimented the people of Kashmir for the sacrifices they have made to get the road open for trade and commerce after a period of 61 years.

He said ''October 2I, is a red letter day for all of us, whether living on this side of Line of Control (LoC) or the other.'' The day was sure to open new avenues and resources and eventually usher in an era of peace and prosperity for people across LoC, he said.

Mr Targami said while the elections were no solution to all the problems faced by the state, but it was important to hold them in order to address problems of the people.

He said Governor's rule is essentially a rule by bureaucracy.

Despite limitations, electoral process provides an opportunity to address the grievances of the people and helps in mitigating their sufferings.

He said sufferings cannot wait and have to be addressed on top priority. This election, he said, offers us an opportunity to have common immediate problems addressed, without waiting for resolution of bigger issues which undoubtedly were important.

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