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JKPM biggest platform for youth, will welcome politicians with unblemished record: Shah Faesal

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Former IAS and founder of and Peoples' Movement (JKPM) Sunday said his outfit would be the biggest platform for the youth, but will keep its doors open for politicians having "unblemished record".

Faesal, along with other senior party leaders including former PDP Javaid Mustafa Mir, reached winter capital on a three-day visit Saturday to garner support and inform the people about the vision of the party which was launched in on March 21.

"We have talked to the people of and have come here with a message of brotherhood, collectivity and to meet future and present leadership. It is a new political experiment where we talk about giving justice to the people of all the regions without any consideration for the region, colour, creed and caste," Faesal told reporters after addressing a gathering here.

A man among the audience tried to intercept Mir's speech earlier and raised the issue of his welcome into the party fold.

"Why he (Mir) was taken into the party fold when you are speaking of new thinking and the party being an alternative to the traditional political parties," the man, hailing from Doda, was heard saying, leading to a brief exchange of words between him and Mir.

Responding to a question related to the issue raised by the man, Faesal said, "It is good that young people are linking with us, but we need experienced persons as well."

"is not a child's play which you run like a school. It needs experienced persons like Mir who had an unblemished record during his 20 years of political career. Nobody ever raised question about his integrity and we are proud that he decided to join hands with us," he said.

Mir, who represented the Chadoora assembly constituency in central Kashmir's district for three successive terms from 2002, had resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)in January this year.

The former IAS said every other party would have liked Mir to join them, but he had put everything at stake by joining us.

"The JKPM will be a big platform for the youth but we need experienced hands because this is a challenging state. We will welcome the people who have unblemished record," he said.

Earlier, he briefed the audience about the party's manifesto and questioned the "failure" of successive governments to develop industrial sector and bring investment, lack of state of art health institutions at district level, good roads in hilly areas.

"is a peaceful region and one fails to understand why it was not developed as an industrial hub of the state. Our youth are forced to go outside to look for jobs and we are able to bring in investment, there is no need for the youth to go outside," he said.

He also raised the issue of political reservation to the minority communities like Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs and Christians and said "we would also like to set up planning board to ensure development of underdeveloped areas on a fast track basis with no interference from the political establishment and reorganising of recruitment agencies to ensure transparency."


Faesal also talked about the issue and said "we have to understand the people, talk to them and work to bridge the gap and maintain unity as we all are brothers".

He termed corruption as a "serious issue" and said transparency and good governance can address the problem.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 31 2019. 19:25 IST
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