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PDP seeks support of Panchayat members to set up Panchayat Raj Institutions
BATOTE, Nov 22 : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today flayed the coalition regime headed by National Conference (NC) for undermining Panchayats and other democratic institutions in the State. Party assured to delegate adequate powers to streamline functioning of the Panchayat Raj Institutions in the State.

Addressing series of meetings of Panchayat members at Ramban, Batote and Banihal, vice president of PDP Sardar Trilok Singh Bajwa said that it was historical fact that whenever National Conference come to power it eroded sanctity of democratic institutions. He said that last act of the National Conference was undermining Panchayats in the State. He said that Panchayats were base of our democratic system but the government headed by Omar Abdullah has brazenly undermined sanctity of this institution.

Bajwa said that Panchayat elections were held about one and half year back but government has not taken any step to empower the Pancyayats. He said decision to cancel Block Development Council elections also exposed double standard of the government headed by Omar Abdullah.

Seeking support of the Panches and Sarpanches for party candidates namely Ved Mahajan and Gurmeet Singh Bajwa, who have been contesting elections as party candidate for Legislative Council elections from the quota of Panchayat, PDP leader assured that party would take some effective step to empower the Panchayats.

Bajwa cautioned the Panchayat members against deceit tactics of the government which go to any extend to make false promises with the Panchayat members to get their votes. He exhorted the Panchayat members to teach National Conference-Congress government a lesson for not giving them powers.

Speaking on the occasion Ved Mahajan said that Panchayati Raj institution is base of our democratic system and the PDP would not allow this vital institution of democracy to die at any cost.

He said that PDP was committed to set up of vibrant Panchayati Raj system in Jammu and Kashmir.

Taking a dig at state government for not empowering Panchayats, he regretted that almost one and half year has been passed after completion of Panchayat elections but neither Block Committee nor District Committees have been constituted.

He warned that PDP would strongly oppose gimmick of the ruling NC to undermine democratic institutions and to control these institutions through deceit tactics. “We will agitate for strengthening democratic institutions in the state”, he asserted and assured Panches and Sarpanches of that PDP would take their struggling to the local end.

Gurmeet Singh Bajwa also assured the Panchayat members that he would work for strengthening Panchayats in the State. He said that PDP is committed to delegate powers to the Panchayats. PDP received a shot in arm when Bodh Raj, Sarpanch from Batote along with other Panchayat members joined PDP and assured support to party candidates.
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News Updated at : Friday, November 23, 2012
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