Chenab region legislators continue to be indifferent

ARVIND SHARMA

Jammu, Nov 21: Although, the coalition partners Congress and National Conference today kick-started joint campaign for upcoming Legislative Council (LC) polls, the faction-ridden state Congress may have to face certain upheavals as the estranged party MLAs from the Chenab region have made it clear that they won’t be campaigning for the party beyond their constituencies.
Congress MLAs from the Chenab region are upset with the party high command especially with the former Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad and the state Congress chief, Prof Saifuddin Soz over non-representation to the region in both the cabinet as well as in the advisory boards.
To lodge their protest, these MLAs had even boycotted the first meeting of the party legislators convened to discuss the strategy for the LC polls, a few days back. However, two MLAs including former minister, GM Saroori and MLA Bhaderwah, Muhammad Sharief Niaz attended the second meeting of the party legislators two days back.
“We had unanimously decided that these two will attend the second meeting of the party legislators and put forth our concern in an emphatic way”, the estranged legislators told Greater Kashmir.
They said the party high command and more so the senior leaders from the state have ignored them and have let them down. “We owe an explanation to our voters, what we are supposed to do and how we will face those who have returned us to the assembly with high hopes?”, one of them said adding that the elected representatives are ignored while the selected ones (MLCs) are being preferred and thrust upon by the party.
Over their participation in the campaign for LC polls, one of the peeved members said that they will not be going beyond their constituencies even if asked and assigned by the party. “Why should we? We will put in our best efforts to ensure the victory of the coalition candidates but will not go beyond our constituency for the purpose”, they reiterated adding that this doesn’t mean that they will be softening their stand.
The campaigning which started today from the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch will continue for another two days after which it will get underway in the Chenab region.
It may also be mentioned that surprisingly, none of the five members from this region has been inducted into the twelve member Election Coordination Committee constituted by the Congress and the National Conference for LC polls. Comprising of six members each from both the parties, this committee has been constituted to formulate strategies for ensuring the victory of the coalition candidates.

COALITION KICK-STARTS CAMPAIGN
Coalition partners Congress and National Conference today kick-started joint campaign for the Legislative Council (LC) polls.
Joint rallies were organised by the coalition partners at Nowshera, Sunderbani, Rajouri and Mendhar.
The Congress nominee, Sham Lal Bhagat and NC nominee, Dr Shahnaz Ganai addressed the meetings of Sarpanchs and Panchs during the course of campaigning in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.
Both the candidates appealed to Sarpanchs and Panchs to vote for coalition candidates in order to strengthen the Panchayat Raj system in the state.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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