PDP will bag 45-50 seats in assembly election: Mehbooba Mufti

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Anantanag, Nov 12: People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief and Anantanag MP Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said her party would get 45 to 50 seats in the upcoming assembly election beginning on November 25.

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Addressing a workers' convention in Dakbanglow here, Mufti said Gujjars, Paharis and Hindus were looking forward to the PDP as the only party that can bring a change, said the report. "Everything is looking green. So we will surely bag 39 seats in Kashmir and 11 in Jammu," a report in www.greaterkashmir.com said quoted Mufti as saying.

Mufti, daughter of former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, said her party is contesting the five-phase assembly poll beginning on November 25 with a concrete agenda. She said her party had once opened Srinagar-Muzzafarabad road and Poonch-Rawalakote road and would open other routes including Suchetgarh-Sialkote, Kargil-Skardu and Srinagar-Sikian roads, the report added.

Mufti, 55, said under the PDP's leadership, Kashmir would become a peace bridge between India and Pakistan and not a war field. She accused the current government led by National Conference's Omar Abdullah of undoing the good work done by the PDP and forcing the youth to pick up arms again.

Mufti said her party, if voted to power, would withdraw all cases against the 5,000 youth booked under stone-pelting charges and release the political prisoners. She also said that those officials responsible for the killing of the youth in 2010 would not be spared.

The PDP chief also made it clear that no former task force officials or renegades would be allowed in the party.

On former Jammu and Kashmir separatist leader Sajjad Lone's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mufti said anybody could meet the prime minister.

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