Boycott no way out: Tarigami to Sarpanchs, Panchs

KHALID GUL

Islamabad (Anantnag), Nov 12: Asserting that boycotting Legislative Council elections reserved for the Panchayats was not the way out, CPI(M), General Secretary M Y Tarigami Monday blamed the political parties of politicizing the Panchayat institution in the state for their own interests.
 “The boycott is not the way out and it certainly is not going to help in empowering the Panchayat institutions of our state. So, those Panchayat representatives who are contemplating to stay away from the elections should adopt a rational approach as their representation is must to make the Panchayat institutions effective,” said Tarigami while speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a convention organized by Kisan-Tehreek in Achabal area of this  south Kashmir district.     
 Tarigami, however, lamented that the government had failed to make the institution effective by not giving powers to it and not putting the second and third tier in place.
 “Though the collation government is making lot of hullabulla about empowering the Panchays but on ground it has not taken any concrete measure to implement it,” said Tarigami.
 He said that deferring the elections to Block Development Councils (BDCs) illustrates utter confusion and non seriousness among coalition partners vis-à-vis empowerment of the Panchayat Raj Institution in the State.  “We think that no reservation should become an impediment in way of holding direct elections for the remaining two tiers of Panchayat Raj system,” said he.
 Blaming the political parties for politicizing the Panchayat institution, Tarigami said, “The aim of this institution was decentralization of power so that fruits of democracy percolate to a grass root level. Unfortunately the political parties for their own vested interests and vote bank have politicized it while the basic issue of their empowerment has not been addressed,” he added.
 On whether the CPI (M) would contest elections on its own or forge an alliance with other smaller parties and field candidates jointly Tarigami said, “We will shortly convene a meeting and decide whether we will go alone or rope in other political parties to fight the four seats of Legislative Council,” he added.
  “The public enthusiasm shown in the first phase of Panchayati elections, though encouraging has unfortunately given way to desperation. The lack of adequate powers has rendered the Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) incapable of fulfilling their promises of development in their respective areas and the recent killings of Sarpanchs have instilled in them a fear for their lives,” Tarigami said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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