Poll verdict against Pakistan terrorism: PM
10 October 2002
The Indian Express
Copenhagen: Declaring that Assembly poll verdict in Jammu and Kashmir was against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Thursday said the Centre would work in 'close cooperation' with elected representatives of the state to fulfil the aspirations of the people. Congratulating the 'courageous and patriotic' electorate of Kashmir valley, Jammu and Ladakh, he said, 'Before the start of the electoral process, we had pledged that the elections would be free and fair. This promise, too, has been fulfilled.' Vajpayee, who is here to attend the India-EU Summit, said, 'The people of J and K have given their verdict. And the winner, clearly, is India's democracy.' In a statement, he said, 'I would also like to assure that the Centre would work in close cooperation with the elected representatives in Srinagar to fulfill the aspirations of the people.' The Prime Minister said that before and during the course of the assembly election he had stated that irrespective of which candidate or party won 'it would be a vote for Kashmiriyat, and it would be vote against Pak-sponsored terrorism and Pakistan's anti-India propaganda.' 'Our stand has been resoundingly vindicated both by people's enthusiastic participation and by the outcome of the polls,' he said.