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High turnout doesn't mean JK is like other states: Mufti

Source: PTI
December 28, 2008 16:57 IST
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The People's Democratic Party on Sunday said the high voter turnout should not be considered as end of the road as Jammu and Kashmir is different from other states of the country.

"Jammu and Kashmir is not like any other state just because over 60 per cent of people voted. It is not the end of the road. The people here have different aspirations and ambitions," party president Mehbooba Mufti said.

She said the PDP is open to an alliance with any other party that agrees to have a Common Minimum Programme chalked out like in 2002 or otherwise it would prefer to sit in the opposition benches.

"Whether we agree on or not is the most important thing to us. Power comes secondary," she said.

Hailing the 2002 CMP that it had with the Congress, she said, "In 2002, we sat together and we had a CMP, where the healing touch policy became the lead. It was even appreciated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. We brought out a turn in the whole situation."

When asked if the Congress would risk a tie-up with the PDP because of its soft separatist tag, she said, "I don't know what they mean by soft separatist approach. If the opening of the Muzaffarabad road and asking for trade on the road is soft separatism, I think the prime minister is very much party to that."

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