Down Plays Threats To Panchayat Members; Says Posters Threatening Panchs, Sarpanchs Fake


Bandipora, Nov 22: Stating that strong coalition at grassroots is necessary for a successful government in Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said the coalition partners, National Conference and Congress, should not repeat the mistakes “which damaged the coalition earlier.” Speaking in the backdrop of polls to four Legislative Council seats in Jammu and Kashmir, where National Conference and Congress are fighting jointly, Omar hinted at a “grand alliance” between National Conference and Congress in the 2014 Assembly polls in the State.
Initiating the campaign for the upcoming Legislative Council elections from this north Kashmir district, Omar hailed the achievements of the Congress-NC coalition.
He said had the National Conference-Congress taken a proper decision during the 2008 Assembly elections, the opposition PDP with 21 MLAs would have got only 10 legislators in their kitty.
“We are not like others who make hollow statements,” Omar said. “We made the return of youth from Pak possible. It is by the efforts  of the coalition government that more than 580 youth along with their families have returned home. They were preparing to come back with guns but we made their peaceful return possible without make any hullabaloo about it.”
Omar, who was addressing Panchs and Sarpanchs here, said: “We should make the coalition government strong at grassroots level and we are committed to empower people. Let you exhibit by your verdict in favour of NC-Congress joint candidates in MLCs elections that the coalition between the two parties is for the highest cause of public service and in the larger interest of the State and the Country.”
Seeking time to empower the Panchayat members, Omar said the Panchayat elections in the state have been held after 30 years and it needs some time to restructure the system. “I was aware that the path ahead would not be easy when the Panchayat elections were held. I felt that the grievances cannot be solved in days,” Omar said, adding, “My government is in touch with the central government to seek honorarium for the Panchayat members.”
He said various elements are forcing Panchayat members to resign by making threat posters while sitting at home.
Without naming anyone, Omar said the fake threat posters are being prepared and pasted to cow down Panchayat members.
“None of the posters pasted is genuine. I challenge those people who are threatening Panchayat members to show me one genuine poster,” Omar said, addressing Panchayat members here. “You should not hope that people will shower flowers on you; you have to face hardships and most of the people are trying to make you desperate to cow down.”
“Panchayat members have got powers under a cabinet order but that is insufficient and government is committed to pass on more powers to them,” he said. “Panchayat members are like a new born child who needs gradual nourishment and similarly our Panchayat system needs gradual empowerment and the government is committed to do it.” Omar underscored the importance of closer coordination between National Conference and Congress workers to realize the goal of peace and equitable development in the State.
Omar said the contest of election for Legislative Council seats by National Conference and Congress jointly indicates the grand alliance of the two parties to face 2014 Assembly elections in the State.
Omar said:  “Our work done on development and peace restoration fronts are visible on ground and cannot be eclipsed by the propaganda of propagandist elements. We are not like them to create hype in public and media by falsehood tactics. Our report card speaks for itself and people will judge us on our performance.”
“Dar Sahib and Monga Sahib are my candidates, Farooq Sahib’s candidates, Rahul Gandhi’s candidates and Sonia Ji’s candidates. Vote for them and you will vote for all of us,” Omar said.
Stating that the Panchs and Sarpanchs may get honorarium, Omar said: “We are in touch with the central government and have intimated the Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh about the honorarium of Panchayat members and hope for a positive response on the issue.”
“We have lack of infrastructure in most of the Panchayat blocks, there is no, no buildings,” he said. “We will gradually address all these issues.”
Speaking on the occasion, senior Congress leader Usman Majid appealed Panchayat members to follow the principles of the coalition government.
Usman urged the Chief Minster to lay stress on the development of Bandipora constituency which is “facing problems due to lack of representation.”
Among the others who were present on the occasion include Minster for Rural Development Ali Muhammad Sagar, Assembly Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone, Kheem Lata Wakhloo, Provincial Secretary NC Ali Muhammad Dar and Ghulam Nabi Monga.
Omar held and raised the hand of Congress leader Usman Majid asking him to be prepared for 2014 elections.
Dar, Monga My Candidates, Farooq Sahib’s Candidates, Rahul Gandhi’s Candidates And Sonia Ji’s Candidates; Vote For Them And You Will Vote For All Of Us.

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