Srinagar, Dec 3: Exhorting electors to participate in voting in the ensuing assembly elections here, Opposition PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Wednesday said larger participation of the city's "emancipated" residents would add "credibility and prestige" to the democratic process.
"Srinagar being the intellectual and political nerve centre of the state cannot remain aloof from the urge for change that is sweeping Jammu and Kashmir and the active participation of Srinagar in the political process for change will add credibility and prestige to it," Sayeed said.
He was addressing a public meeting in Hazratbal assembly segment here to garner support for party candidate Asiya Naqash. The Peoples Democratic Party patron said the aloofness of Srinagar from democratic process has resulted in political disempowerment of its people which has led its beneficiaries to take them for granted.
"Elect your representatives through vote and then make them accountable and see how things will start improving. The people of Srinagar owe it to themselves and fellow countrymen, not to let their power to determine the state's destiny be used by default by any party for indulging in exploitative politics," he said.
He urged the youths of the summer capital of the state to get actively involved in political decision-making to ensure empowerment of the enterprising young population of the city.
"I am sure the realisation has dawned on the citizens of Srinagar that by remaining aloof from the political and democratic processes, they are causing more harm to themselves than anybody else. Let that not happen this time," he said.
"Unfortunately Srinagar city has always remained victim of the NC's systematic neglect and misrule and the party has been only exploiting the historical city for its political gains. The urban chaos and underdevelopment which the city is facing is all because of the rulers who have been calling it their safety structure and safe house," he said.