Congress Workers Mount Pressure On Leaders To Snap Ties With NC

10 June 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Dinesh Malhotra

Jammu: After suffering a humiliating defeat in the recent Lok Sabha elections, Congress leaders have started shifting blame on coalition partner National Conference (NC) for the worst ever debacle of the party in the Jammu region. Blaming the NC for propagating anti-people policies, Congress leaders have been mounting pressure on state leaders to officially announce that the alliance would not be continued in the coming Assembly elections. A couple of days back former minister and Congress leader Manjit Singh had asked senior party leaders to come out of the government as 'the NC was creating hurdles in settling the issues of refugees'. Today, all block presidents of the Jammu District Committee of the Congress launched a blistering attack on the NC for its alleged failure to provide basic amenities to the masses. During the meeting of block presidents, speakers observed that Congress candidates lost the Lok Sabha elections due to the 'misdeeds' of coalition partner NC. They said the Congress was bearing the brunt of the wrong policies being propagated by the NC so it was high time a decision was taken on the alliance. Although no official statement has been given so far, most of the senior Congress leaders have hinted at snapping ties with the NC for the coming Assembly elections. State leaders of the Congress have started the process of fielding candidates on all 87 seats of the Legislative Assembly. Sources in the Congress said party leaders had decided not to stop its workers from publicly criticising the NC. After the Lok Sabha elections, Congress leaders have stepped up attack on the NC and party leaders are missing no opportunity to give the impression to the public that the NC was responsible for the 'anti-people policies' of the state government. A couple of days back, Manjit had asked party leaders to withdraw support to the coalition government in the state as the NC was creating hurdles in clearing the file of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) refugees-displaced persons. Coming down heavily on the NC, Manjit had stated that the UPA Government had asked the state government to send a report on the demands of refugees but it was not sent despite repeated requests. In today's meeting, block presidents of the Congress took the state government to task for its failure to provide basic amenities to the people. They asked the state government to take immediate steps to improve the power and water supply in Jammu district. Alliance in trouble? * Block presidents of the Jammu District Committee of the Congress on Tuesday launched a blistering attack on the NC for its alleged failure to provide basic amenities to the masses. * State Congress leaders have started the process of fielding candidates on all 87 seats of the Legislative Assembly.