lam Mohamamd Saroori said here today that as the day of polling for urban local bodies Thathri and Kishtwar is on 10th of October, an interesting scenario is developing, wherein most of the opposition political parties in Inderwal are supporting Independent candidates, thus leaving stray Independents to face the Congress candidates.
Addressing a Party meeting attended by Congress candidates contesting election for Thathri Municipal Council, Saroori said, as far as Bhartiya Janta Party, People’s Democratic party and National Conference are concerned, many of its prospective candidates have refused to accept the Party mandate because they realize that the tag of the BJP or PDP or NC might end up further reducing their vote share. As a result, many of the BJP, PDP and NC aspirants have instead filed their nomination papers as Independent candidates on different symbols.
Saroori said PDP, NC aspirants have defied the Party leadership’s boycott call and filed their nomination papers as Independents with bizarre symbols ranging from truck, matchbox etc. Adding another comic aspect to the scenario are the members belonging to disgruntled fringe elements who have been either expelled or sidelined by the Congress later joined NC, BJP and PDP parties have entered the poll fray as Independent with a sadist design to act as spoilsport, he added.
Enumerating several path-breaking developmental works seen in Thathri during Mr. Saroori tenure as MLA, Sub district status for Thathri, tehsil status for Phagsoo, opening of new administrative units, construction of 48 Mw Lower Kalnai HEP, status of Municipality for Thathri, Government Degree College, opening of higher secondary’s, high schools, middle schools, primary schools at peoples door steps, Public Health Centre, Trauma Centre, Opening of sub-centres at far flung areas, Watershed, widening of Thathri bazaar road, construction of various link roads, sanctioning of funds for the blacktopping work on all the link roads of Thathri, 2.5 crores for the water supply schemes in Thathri, creation of separate division for various department include PMGSY, R&B, PHE, PDD, Education zone and others, distributing of solar lights, sanctioning of electricity among all the households, construction of Eidgah Thathri on the pattern of Srinagar Eidgah, Widening of link roads, Opening of JK bank branches and others.
Saroori called upon the people and raise the question, why all these development works were not undertaken after independence till 2002, when National Conference were at the helm of affairs in Inderwal. He said, Party who is opposing us today were representing in the state Assembly in the past, we are proud to have done in sixteen years for the people of Inderwal, what they could not do during their long tenures of 50 years, we are not so naive as they think and therefore, each day, we will keep reminding the people about their non-performance, their misappropriations and their corrupt practices in the past.
JKPCC Vice President further said that asked the people to choose that Party which has the track record of initiating the developmental activities in Inderwal, adding that those who are selling dreams are bent upon dividing the people and are the real enemies of the area. “Urging the people of the Thathri, Kishtwar to vote decisively in favour of the Congress candidates”, Saroori appealed.
At Balgran Drabshalla area, Saroori visited the residence of those who recently passed away. He also met with senior party functionaries and said that Congress has always projected and promoted the interests of all sections of the pluralistic society, as the area belong to the people of all religions and faiths, but certain forces are indulging in the politics of hatred and divisiveness which will harm the unity and harmony in the area. Saroori said Congress Partyduring its tenure has given a new paradigm of development and governance in the Chenab Valley which was characterized by all-round and equitable development, efficiency, transparency and people-friendly image.