JK: Congress promised of developments

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Jammu, Nov 16: Assuring restoration of peace, dignity and hope, the Congress on Sunday, Nov 16 played the card of 'development' in all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir in party's manifesto released here.

In a bid to woo voters in the seven-phased Assembly elections beginning from tomorrow in the state, former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad reminded that Congress has fulfilled its promises of ''development'' during their two-and-half year tenure after taking over from its predecessor Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and would continue in developing all the three regions.

Flanked by All India Congress Committee general secretary, in-charge J K and Union Minister Prithvi Raj Chavan and Union Minister for Water Resources Saif-ud-Din Soz, Mr Azad added, ''Congress worked ten times more than its expectations and steered J K into the new era of development.'' Releasing the manifesto of peace, dignity and hope, the former Chief Minister said landmark decisions were taken during the regime of the Congress and the remaining works would be completed with pace if Congress voted to power in Jammu and Kashmir.

''We never ditched anybody but fulfilled our promises. Congress never believed in hollow slogans and we are satisfied with the works done by the Congress,'' added Mr Azad.

Mr Chavan said Congress feels proud of its achievements especially in J K for the last six years.

''Our intentions were honest and this is what the state of J K has achieved in six years, of which they were being neglected for over six decades,'' Mr Chavan asserted.

''We will be contesting elections on development plank in J K and I appeal to the people to give us clear mandate to form next government in the state for overall welfare of all the three regions,'' he said.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Saif-ud-Din Soz maintained that if voted to power in the State, the Congress will be a key player in intensifying the peace process.

''Congress rededicates itself to promoting and strengthening the process of result oriented dialogue with all stakeholders and to tirelessly for a dignified, peaceful and prosperous life for the people of the state,'' said Prof Soz.

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