Baramulla, Apr 19 (UNI) Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig has dared Tangmarg MLA Ghulam Hassan Mir, to resign his assembly seat and seek a fresh mandate if he had the courage of conviction in opposing the party leadership and its manifesto.
Addressing a series of public meetings in around a dozen villages of Sangrama constituency today Mr Baig said the by-election to Rafiabad and Pattan constituencies were necessitated by the very democratic course that Mr Mohammad Dillawar Mir and Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari had adopted.
''Both these leaders found themselves in clash with the policies of the party on whose ticket they were elected and they chose to quit and seek fresh mandate from the people on a new political platform'', he said adding that if Mr Ghulam Hassan Mir has a similar problem with PDP, he should resign and seek fresh mandate from the people.
This, would be better course for Mr Mir rather than conspiring with the vested interests and indulging in worst kind of political opportunism, Mr Baig said.
It would not be very to wrong to say Mr Mir will meet his political waterloo in the current by elections, and see his defeat from Tangmarg constituency if ever he thought of contesting elections from there again,'' he said.
Noting that the days of proxy politicking were over in Kashmir and the present day politicians can no more afford to have a gap in their practice and the percept, Mr Baig said the the people were conscious of the need to safeguard their collective and community interests and the politicians like Mr Mir do not fit into this new awareness. Unprincipled politicians like Mr Mir could no more run with the hare and hunt with the hound, he added.
Mr Baig said PDP has emerged as a party that provides a forum for the people of all the regions of the state to channel their aspirations and the record of the last three years establish beyond doubt that this party had stuck to the manifesto that it offered to the people of the state at the time of the elections in 2002.
This, he said, has in fact changed the ground rules for the entire political class of the state and Mr Mir with a ''not so hidden agenda'' is no exception to it.
After operating for some time behind the scenes, Mr Mir was now forced to jump into the electioneering process in Sangrama constituency senting defeat of his proxy candidate.
''Mr Mir and company have not only tried to use Shoaib Lone as a pawn in their political game plan but have even tried to exploit the family tragedy to fulfill their nefarious designs, ''he claimed, adding that such politicians could never be sympathisers of the people who do not even desist from trading the dead bodies for votes.
Senior PDP leaders, Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, Basharat Bukhari and party candidate for Sangrama constituency Javed Hassan Baig also addressed these meetings.
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