“Mehbooba Mufti must quit or roll back the decision of indirect elections of Sarpanchs” said Shahnawaz Chowdhary, General Secretary Pradesh Congress Committee and State Convener Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Raj Sangathan while addressing the meeting of newly appointed block conveners of Sangathan of district Udhampur at DCC office Udhampur.
Ashok Gupta DCC President, Krishan Bhagat ex-MLA Krishan Chand Bhagat, Neeraj Kundan State President NSUI, Ajaz Chowdhary State Secy. PYC, Ashok Bhakshi, Ravi Shastri, Manu Upadhay and Om Parkash were also present in the meeting.
Shahnawaz while addressing the conveners said that Sangathan has decided to oppose the decision of government to hold indirect elections of Sarpanchs which is the murder of democracy at grass-root level
While criticising the programme and policies of government, he said that the government instead of empowering the Panchayati Raj System by incorporating the provisions of 73rd and 74th Amendment and to provide security to the Sarpanchs, has weakened the Panchayati Raj Act by holding the indirect elections of Sarpanchs. He also said that the people of J and K are waiting for the empowerment of Panchayts for more than decades and in the last elections majority of the participation of people has been seen in all the three regions of the State but due to the present ineffective system of Panchayati Raj they are feeling themselves ineffective because for the development of their Panchayts they have to fully depend on local MLA or MP.
Advocate Pankaj Basotra State General Secretary Pradesh Youth Congress and Convenor Panchayati Raj, Manmohan Raina, Yash pal , Laxman Dass all ex Sarpanchs were also present on the occasion.