Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday hailed the Jammu and Kashmir elections as a vote for national integration and democracy.
While the prime minister said the vote was for national integration and democracy, Sonia said the election was a 'lesson to be learnt by our neighbours', an apparent reference to Pakistan.
"It does not matter who wins; what matters is the people of the Valley, people of Jammu and people of Jammu and Kashmir have expressed their faith in the democratic system. It is a lesson to be learnt by our neighbours," Sonia told media persons on the sidelines of the Congress Foundation Day celebrations in New Delhi.
Dr Singh, who was also present at the celebration said, "The large turnout is a vote for democracy. It is a vote for national integration. Therefore, we are all happy."The beaming Congress president added, "From the very beginning, I wanted the election to be held on time. I am glad that it has."