Sonia Asks Separatists To Respect The Verdict Of People
3 December 2008
: Praising the people of Jammu and Kashmir for turning out in large numbers to vote in the Assembly election, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said the separatists should respect the verdict of the masses who have posed their faith in democracy. 'I hope those who talk of boycott (of elections) will respect the verdict of the people and take the path of peace and development,' Gandhi said addressing an election rally in this border town on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road. She lauded the people of the state for turning out in large numbers to vote in the first three phases of elections. 'I congratulate the people of Jammu and Kashmir for taking active part in the elections. They have proved that they have faith in democracy,' she said. 'We are ready for talks at any level within the framework of Constitution for the welfare of the people,' she said. The Congress president said people should cast their votes based on the performance of the parties. 'We have come out with our report card which is in front of you. You should see the performance of others (parties) also and you will find that we (Congress) have done far better,' she said. Highlighting the achievements of the Congress-led coalition government in the state and UPA government at centre, Gandhi said 'despite problems in Jammu and Kashmir, we have carried forward developmental works in the state.' She said the Congress-led government implemented the Wazir Commission report which was lying in the cold storage for many years. 'This led to creation of smaller districts, resulting in better administration,' she said.