Nawa-e-Subah creates history

National Conference Headquarter Hosts Congress Leaders; It’s Outcome Of Rahul-Omar Bonhomie: Sagar

IN RUN-UP TO LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL POLLS

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Nov 21: Creating a history of sorts, historic Nawa-e-Subah Complex in Srinagar – the headquarters of ruling National Conference (NC) Wednesday heartily hosted a group of leaders from the state Congress, a party once despised by NC and its cadres in Kashmir.
“It’s for the first time that any Congress leader has stepped into the Nawa-e-Subah complex to such a rousing reception,” a senior NC leader quipped.
The show of NC-Congress bonhomie at Nawa-e-Subah complex was organised to mobilize support for the coalition candidates for upcoming Legislative Council (LC) polls. Leaders of the two parties jointly addressed Sarpanchs and Panchs to ensure victory of their candidates.
Senior party leaders including ministers and MLAs of NC and Congress shared the platform at the NC headquarters where over 50 Panchs and Sarpanchs were present.
The Congress leaders, who were present at Nawa-e-Subah include, State Congress candidate for MLC seat from Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Monga, senior vice president, Muhammad Muzaffar Parray, MLC Bashir Ahmed Magary and senior vice president Abdul Majeed Paddar.
Talking to Greater Kashmir on the sidelines of the event, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, Ali Muhammad Sagar, who was also present there, said it was a fact that Congress leaders for the first time shared platform with NC leaders at Nawa-e-Subah. “You can call it the outcome of Rahul-Omar bonhomie,” he said.
The leaders of two parties, however, admitted that the LC polls won’t be a cakewalk for the coalition candidates given the tough challenge posed by opposition PDP.
Sagar said no election is a cake-walk and “the only thing that makes the coalition content is that we have the numbers.”
“We feel comfortable because of the numbers we have. Otherwise, competition is going to be very tough. Since most of the Sarpanchs and Panchs are affiliated to NC and Congress, we may bag the two seats (K1 and K2) easily,” he said.
He said Congress-NC bondage should reflect on ground, when Sarpanchs and Panchs would vote on December 3.
Earlier, addressing Sarpanchs and Panchs, Sagar said he has directed the Additional Deputy Commissioners (ADCs) of every district to monitor the behavior of officers, who try to sabotage the devolution of powers. “It is true that some bureaucrats created hurdles in devolution of powers to Sarpanchs and Panchs. Now all officers will be under watch. Since we can’t take action against any officer at present because of the model code of conduct, the process will start after polls results,” said the Rural Development Minister.
He, however, said the problem faced by Sarpanchs and Panchs in the Valley was different from the Jammu region. “I believe Jammu is far ahead when it comes to giving powers to Panchayat Raj representatives,” Sagar said.  Taking a dig at the main opposition PDP, the Law Minister said they were the same people who “murdered democracy” in J&K and now they talk about the empowerment of Sarpanchs and Panchs.
Speaking on the occasion, Congress candidate Monga briefed the Sarpanchs and Panchs how to vote in favour of NC and Congress. “You will have to vote twice on the signs of plough and hand. And in lieu, I assure you that we will work for the resolution of your problems,” he said.
Addressing the gathering, NC candidate for Kashmir seat, Ali Muhammad Dar said he was aware of the problems faced by the Panchayat representatives. “I will highlight your problems in the Legislative Council (LC) if elected,” he said. Many Sarpanchs and Panchs complained that officers at the higher level were not cooperating with them be it issuing funds for the schemes or preparing project reports.

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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