While asking party cadre to gear up for ensuing panchyat elections, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) senior leader and former minister Raman Bhalla here on Thursday said that his party has always struggled for empowerment of grass root institutions to strengthen democracy in the state.
Addressing party cadre at Panchayat Daraph and Chatha, Bhalla said Congress has the credit of establishing the Panchayat Raj system throughout the country and it was the result of great struggle and efforts of Congress that the 73rd and 74th amendments were incorporated in the State laws to further empower the Panchayats and ULBs which are basic institutions of democracy.
He said that now the ULBs and Panchayats bodies would be constituted in accordance with the all silent features of the 73rd and 74th amendment of the Constitution, which would usher into an era of setting up of fully empowered Panchayat Raj system in the State.
Adding that Congress being the only unifying forces alone can defeat communal fascist forces in the Country, Bhalla said that Congress has fought against these forces to maintain secular fabric of the country and is capable enough to safeguard the diversity, unity and communal harmony in the country, Congress Party will never compromise on its ideology for power, will ensure that the anti -peace forces are defeated tooth and nail.
Lashing out at previous PDP-BJP dispensation for alleged failures on all fronts, Bhalla urged upon the cadre to take on PDP-BJP exposing them for adopting double standards for the sake of power in the forth coming Panchayat elections. He said both parties sacrificed their ideology and joined hands for the sake of power, as a result, people were feeling exploited and betrayed.
He said PDP-BJP combine cannot escape the responsibility of damages caused to peace process, as both the parties have exploited people for power and are responsible for restlessness and mistrust among the people. He said Congress party will ensure that the authority of democratic institutions is not eroded, although the ousted dispensation has already done great damages.
While seeking the mass participation in Panchayat elections, Bhalla cautioned against machinations of divisive forces, who may try to vitiate the atmosphere by engineering communal divide. "They are reading writing on the wall and in a fit of desperation, they may touch the lowest depths to create wedge between various segments of the society", he said and referred to the hysteria created over religion being under threat.
"There is no threat to any religion and if there is danger to anything at all, is the politics of hate, which has been serving as a shield to communal elements", he said the politics of, mistrust and suspicion will take toll of the nation.
He however, exuded confidence that the manipulations won't deter the people to choose right people for Panchayats, which will be a befitting reply to the anti people dispensation.