Statement by Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Copenhagen-October 10, 2002
The people of Jammu and Kashmir have given their verdict. And the winner,
clearly, is India’s democracy.
Both before and during the course of the elections to the Jammu and Kashmir
Assembly, I had stated that irrespective of which candidate or party won,
the vote would be for India’s unity, integrity and democracy, it would be a
vote for Kashmiriyat, and it would be a vote against Pak-sponsored terrorism
and Pakistan’s anti-India propaganda.
Our stand has been resoundingly vindicated both by people’s enthusiastic
participation and by the outcome of the polls.
Before the start of the electoral process, we had pledged that the elections
would be free and fair. This promise, too, has been fulfilled. Braving the
reign of terror unleashed by Pakistan-backed terrorist outfits, and
disregarding the call for boycott of the polls, the people of Jammu, Kashmir
and Ladakh participated in the elections in large numbers.
I send my hearty congratulations to the courageous and patriotic people of
all the three regions of the state. I would also like to assure that the
center would work in close cooperation with the elected representatives in
Srinagar to fulfil the aspirations of the people.
October 10, 2002