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Frustrated opposition foresees humiliating defeat: Rather
JAMMU, Nov 29: Senior National Conference leader and Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs Abdul Rahim Rather has said that the prevailing harmonious relationship between Coalition Partners has unnerved opposition which is fearing humiliating defeat in the forthcoming elections to MLC seats under Panchayat quota.

Addressing a convention of party workers, Panchs and Sarpanchs at NC party headquarter, Budgam, today, Rather said that foreseeing their defeat, the opposition was spreading canards and resorting to character assassination of senior leaders of ruling parties.

Reiterating that the coalition government is committed for a vibrant 3-tier Panchayati Raj (PR) system in the State, Rather vowed to ensure maximum empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) adding that the J&K Panchayati Raj Act will be further broad based for the purpose so that socio-economic scenario in the rural areas is given a new direction.

Rather said that Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act is one of the best panchayat models, which has been conceived after hectic exercise and study of various panchayat modules in vogue in other advanced states of the country. “However, it can be further broad based to make it in tune with urges and aspirations’ of the panchs and sarpanchs of the state with regard to their empowerment”, he added and said that the coordination committee of the two ruling coalition partners is in complete agreement to incorporate some viable clauses of the Central Act in the J&K Panchayati Raj Act to give due representation to the people of the underprivileged sections of the society. He said that there is complete harmony of ideas between the coalition partners in this regard. He said basic objective of both NC and Congress is to give an impetus to the development and progress in rural areas.

While asking panchs and sarpanchs to cast their vote in favour of coalition candidates for vacant MLC seats under panchayat quota, Rather cautioned about the false and mischievous propaganda of the opposition, which is desperately trying to create mis-understanding and disillusionment regarding empowerment of panchs and sarpanchs.

“In-fact they (opposition) never wanted empowerment of PRIs in the state, neither when they were in power nor today and are only relying on falsehood and lies”, Rather said adding that people are wise enough to see their political bankruptcy and ulterior motive to grab the power by hook or the crook, even at the cost of the honour and dignity of the people of the state. But NC will never allow them to play with the sentiments and interest of the people of the state, Rather asserted. He asked the panchs, sarpanchs and party workers to unitedly thwart the game plan of the opposition by inflicting crushing defeat on its candidates in the ensuing MLC elections.

Rather assured the panchs and sarpanchs that their interests are safe in the hands of coalition partners and they should not get swayed by the hollow promises of opposition. He said all the problems of panchs and sarpanchs would be solved honestly adding that MLC election will be followed by the elections to Block Development Councils (BDC) to pave way for a vibrant 3-tier Panchayati Raj System in the state.

The coalition nominated candidates, Ali Mohammad Dar and Ghulam Nabi Monga also spoke on the occasion and assured to work for strengthening of the PRIs in the state.
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News Updated at : Thursday, November 29, 2012
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