Chenab Valley legislators stay away

Greater Kashmir
Publish Date: Nov 12 2012 12:00PM

The brewing resentment within the Congress Party today came to the fore as the legislators from the erstwhile Doda district did not turn up for Legislative Party meeting, held here today.
Sources within the Congress Party informed that there is a strong resentment among the legislators from erstwhile Doda district against both PCC chief Prof Saiffudin Soz and union health minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad as such they preferred to stay away from the meeting.
 Giving vent to their anger Congress legislators said: “Most of us had strong loyalty towards Azad but he only talks of development of this area but in reality he is not interested in it and is least bothered about the people of this erstwhile district.”
 The Congress legislators from Chenab Valley have been demanding representation in the state Cabinet, especially after former R&B Minister GM Saroori was forced to quit. The party claimed five out of six seats of Legislative Assembly from this region in last assembly polls but none of them have found place in the cabinet.
 Expressing disappointment over being “ditched,” they said: “The region has returned five members out of six to the Assembly even then the party high command has ignored us. We have no representation either in the cabinet or for that matter not even a vice-chairman of any advisory board.”
 However, the party spokesman, Ravinder Sharma said termed it as “not a big deal”. “Those who did not turn up for the meeting had sought prior permission”, he claimed adding, “They had their assignments. There were a few others who also did not turn up, like RS Chib and Manohar Lal”.