Peoples Democratic Party (PDP Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said the focus of the upcoming assembly elections will be to safeguard the distinct identity of Jammu and Kashmir rather than victory or defeat of a particular party. He said Congress and NC have been on a self-destruction mode in the last six years and they apparently seem to be out of the context already after the crushing defeat in the parliamentary elections.

Addressing impressive election rallies in Bandipora and Sonawari assembly constituencies to enlist support for the PDP candidates Nizam-ud-Din Bhat and Yasir Reshi, Mufti said while PDP has clearly emerged as a frontrunner for forming the next government in the State, but the challenges before it have mounted in view of the latest attempts to polarize J&K on communal lines and target the special constitutional position that the State enjoys. He said in order to face up to this challenge with strength and determination, PDP will need a clear majority which will also help it in addressing the fallout of the present coalition government’s inefficiency, corruption and mis-governance.