Frustrated Opposition Foresees Humiliating Defeat: Rather

Frustrated Opposition Foresees Humiliating Defeat: Rather

29 November 2012
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Senior National Conference leader and Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs Abdul Rahim Rather on Thursday said that the prevailing harmonious relationship between coalition partners has unnerved the opposition. “The opposition fears humiliating defeat in the forthcoming elections to MLC seats under Panchayat quota. Foreseeing their defeat the opposition was spreading canards and resorting to character assassination of senior leaders of ruling parties,” Rather said while addressing a convention of party workers in Budgam. Reiterating that the coalition government was committed for a vibrant three-tier Panchayati Raj system in the State, Rather vowed to ensure maximum empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions. “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. The 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,” he said. He however maintained that the Act 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 said 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. “There is complete harmony of ideas between the coalition partners in this regard. Basic objective of both NC and Congress is to give an impetus to the development and progress in rural areas,” he said. He asked panchs and sarpanchs to cast their vote in favour of coalition candidates for vacant MLC seats under panchayat quota. “I want to caution people 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,” he added. “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 said. Rather assured the panchs and sarpanchs that their interests are safe in the hands of coalition partners. “They should not get swayed by the hollow promises of opposition. All problems of panchs and sarpanchs would be solved honestly,” he added.