Effective reply to detractors: Omar Abdullah

Victory Of Panchayat Raj System, Says Azad


Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 6: Elated over the victory of the NC-Congress alliance in the four seats of Legislative Council, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday thanked panchayat members for giving a ‘clear cut message to the opposition which had indulged in malicious propaganda.’
“It is an effective reply to the detractors of coalition. Overwhelming victory of coalition candidates is heavy jolt to those (PDP leadership) who indulged in malicious propaganda against the coalition and tried their best to create a wedge between the workers of Congress and National Conference at grass root,” Omar said.
He congratulated panchs, sarpanchs and party cadres of National Conference and Congress for ensuring thumping victory for all the four coalition candidates in the elections to Legislative Council seats reserved for panchayats in the state.
“Your real test will be in 2014,” Omar said and told the workers to show same spirit and determination during the next Assembly polls.
Speaking to a jubilant group of village heads and party workers of NC and Congress, who arrived at his residence with two winning candidates, Omar said the workers of both the parties deserve applaud “for giving clear cut message to their detractors that the coalition is as strong at the grass-roots as it is at the top level.”
“Your victory is an appropriate reply to those (PDP leadership) who remained engaged in false propaganda that NC-Congress coalition was not effective and cohesive at the lower level,” he said.
He said that the whole-hearted support of panchs and sarpanchs to coalition candidates has also nullified their (PDP leadership) propaganda that panchayat members have fallen apart from coalition partners.
“They (PDP leadership) tried their utmost to create confusion in the minds of panchs and sarpanchs and let loose unabated and malicious propaganda but failed miserably,” he said. Omar also cautioned the workers against being complacent after the victory.
“Work hard and be closely associated with each other and with the common people in every area and at all levels,” he emphasized and said that workers of NC and Congress have to further strengthen coalition and have to stand “like a rock against the propagandist elements”.
Omar expressed confidence that victorious coalition candidates would work hard to strengthen panchayat system and ensure its growth.
“I am confident that the winning candidates will devote their full attention towards welfare and empowerment of panchs and sarpanchs in the House and outside,” he said.
The chief minister said the process of transferring funds, functions and functionaries to panchayat institutions will receive considerable fillip in the coming months.
He said coalition government would fulfill its commitment for a powerful and effective three-tier panchayat system in the state.
Omar referred to the efforts of Pradesh Congress chief Saifuddin Soz and Union minister Gulam Nabi Azad in ensuring the victory. He said he and Soz jointly addressed rallies of panchs and sarpanchs across the state.
The chief minister also congratulated the NC-Congress workers and leaders on behalf of NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah.
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has congratulated the newly elected MLCs under Panchayat quota in J&K, asserting that the victory conveyed the Panchayat members’ “urge and determination to contribute towards upliftment of people and promote need and expectation-based development at the grassroots level.”
In a statement, Azad thanked the Panchs and Sapanchs for “ensuring resounding victory of all the coalition candidates.” “Victory of coalition candidates in these elections is, in fact, victory of Panchayati Raj System,” he said, adding, “And this has vindicated the stand of Congress party to give more powers to the Panchayats.”
Azad expressed hope that in view of the confidence reposed by the Panchayat members, the coalition government will “redouble its efforts to put in place a strong and meaningful system of Panchayati Raj in the State.”
“Congress party under the visionary leadership of Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has given a remarkable model of grassroots democracy to the country in the form of 73rd amendment that stands testimony for its commitment to Panchayati Raj Institutions,” he said. “In keeping with its policy of strengthening democracy at the grassroots level, Congress party stands firm on its commitment to give more powers to the Panchayats and grant reservation to SCs, STs and women in J&K and to achieve this end every possible endeavor will be made by the party.”

Lastupdate on : Thu, 6 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 6 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 7 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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