GANDERBAL - Working President of National Conference Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that PDP leadership is luring Panchayat members through various tactics and money power. He said women Panchayat members are reportedly being presented make up kits by PDP to tempt them vote for PDP candidates.
Ridiculing PDP leadership for cultivating such undemocratic, illegal and enticing devises to gain support of panches and sarpanches in the forthcoming MLCs Election would prove suicidal for this party. “They (PDP leader ship) should understand that the Panchayat members are reputed social activists of high stature and honesty, and cannot be drawn in through such mundane and disgrace methods”, he said adding that sarpanches and panches would teach them befitting lesson for considering them sailable.
Addressing a largely attended meeting of panches and sarpanches here this morning, Omar Abdullah said that NC-Congress coalition represents the voice of people of Jammu and Kashmir and rendering public service equitably and holistically is political agenda of both parties.
Omar said that coalition government created panchayats to shift the centre of power from secretariat to grass roots level and help involvement of public representatives at panchayat level to participate in policy formulation and implementation of development schemes in accordance with public requirements. He said in a State like Jammu and Kashmir were 70% population resides in villages, the comprehensive development process is attainable through panchayats only.
“This is our belief and we held elections to panchayats. You are to us just like children to their parents. Your nurture and growth is our desire. We know that we have rejuvenated Panchayat Raj concept after a long period of 30 years and like a child you need our hand for development”, he said and added that coalition is for empowered and fully grown Panchayat System in the State. He said various measures have already been initiated in this direction and process of making Panchayat Raj effective and fully powerful is on.
Omar said NC-Congress coalition partners have given you best and senior most leaders to represents in the Legislative Council and work for your strengthening and welfare. He said voting NC-Congress candidates is voting to strengthening Panchayat Raj and ensuring its safeguard. He asked panches and sarpanches to vote for NC-Congress candidates, and pave the way for development and growth of Panchayats in the State.
“Those (PDP leadership) who are making tall promises to you for your empowerment at present have in the past tried their best to render panchayats and its members subservient to administration. They (PDP) tried to empower government to dissolve Panchayats at its sweet will”, he said and referred to the passing of Bill No. 2 by PDP lead government in Legislative Assembly and Council in 2002 to authorise government to dissolve Panchayats at any time. “This indicates their intension and concept of Panchayats”, he substantiated and said, “had NC not objected to this action of PDP and Governor rejected the Bill, the Panchayat Act would have been made toothless by PDP”, he maintained.
“Do not go by their promises. They are dream merchants and sell dreams to people to deceive them for grabbing power”, he told panches and sarpanches asking them to remain cautious against the machination of PDP. He said this party attempts to sneak in the rank of Congress-NC coalition forte and divide the workers and panchayat members and get benefit out of it. “False propaganda and divisive politics is trait of PDP and its tries to survive on falsehood and blame game”, he added.
Omar also referred to the miserable status of urban local bodies and Municipal Corporations during the tenure of PDP and said that PDP dispensation made these institutions dysfunctional, and starved them for wants of funds. He said making promises when outside government is the trademark of PDP and forgetting people and the promises made to them when in chair is an open secret before the people.
The meeting was also attended by leaders of National Conference and Congress leaders including Mian Altaf Ahmed, Nasir Aslam Wani, NC Spokesman Tanvir Sadiq, MLC Ali Mohammad Bhat , Shiekh Ishfaq Zabbar District president Congress, G.A. Saloora, Abdul Rehman Mir District president NC.
The large number of panches and sarpanches vowed their whole hearted support to NC-Congress coalition