‘Will mobilize Panchs, Sarpanchs to vote against NC-Congress candidates’



Srinagar, Nov 19: J&K Panchayat Raj Movement (PRM) Monday decided to mobilize all the Panchs and Sarpanchs to vote against the Congress-NC coalition candidates in the upcoming Legislative Council polls.
 Addressing a press conference here, Shanwaz Sultan, Convener of the Movement, said: “It is the best opportunity for Panchs and Sarpanchs to convey a strong message to NC-Congress government that we can punish them for their wrongdoings by defeating their candidates.”
 Asked whether they would support any particular party, Sultan said: “We won’t ask Panchayat members to support any particular party. They are free to support any party or candidate, except the four Congress and National Conference candidates. How can we vote for the parties which are hell bent to perish us?”
 On recent killing of some Panchayat members, Sultan said: “Did the Panchayat members lose their lives only for the Congress-NC government to add 4 MLCs to their ranks?”
 Asked why they are against coalition partners, Sultan said: “Government has failed to establish Finance Commission, Election Commission for Panchayats and is not paying any remuneration to Panches and Sarpanches. The Block Development Council elections were not held by the government and the enactment of 73rd amendment is nowhere in sight.”
 GM Raina, another member of the Association, took a dig at the coalition partners for fielding “defeated candidates.” “People have already rejected these candidates. Now Congress and National Conference have fielded them again. They are making a mockery of the entire election system.”
 Raina said that Chief Minster Omer Abdullah has “failed to keep his promise regarding the Panchayat institutions.” “CM had promised that government will be reach at the doorsteps of people. He had also said that government will work outside the secretariat. But Chief Minster who is heading the coalition did not deliver on a single promise,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 20 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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