Srinagar, Apr 22 UNI | 3 months ago

Urging members not to resign in panic in the wake of recent killings by gunmen in south Kashmir, All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) said the ruling National Conference (NC) and Congress alliance government has turned a "blind eye towards our problems".

The conference asked people to vote against the NC-Congress coalition candidates in the state, who are insensitive and turning a blind eye towards the brutal killings of innocent Panchayat members at the hands of terrorists.

Reacting strongly to recent killings of sarpanch and panch and son of one member, AJKPC urged the voters to poll maximum votes to defeat all contesting candidates of the ruling alliance for their criminal negligence in taking any concrete measure to save the lives of innocent panchayat members, despite repeated pleas to the state government and even to the State Director General of Police.

A statement issued here this afternoon said that the executive meeting of AJKPC was held here at Bemina under the leadership of Imtiyaz Afzal Beig.

While expressing deep anger over the present NC-Congress coalition government, the members condemned the fake promises made by the coalition leaders, including State Congress Chief Saifu Din Soz.

Mr Beig said the Panch and Sarpanch are helpless without any empowerment, Panchayats did not receive even a penny out of the Rs 10 Lakh amount announced by none other than Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, he pointed out.

He said Panchayat members are being targeted by the terrorists and unfortunately, "our own villagers believe that we are governments' tout and this is why they are not coming to support us because we are helpless to render them any service in absence of funds and authority.

"Therefore, we have decided that AJKPC would appeal to the voters to come out in maximum number and ensure defeat of the NC-Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha elections."

Ghulam Hassan Punzoo, senior leader and spokesperson of AJKPC also denounced the attitude of the state government towards the plight of Panchayat members. He said political parties, especially the NC and Congress, are showcasing panchayat members as their party workers, which is not factually correct.

Mr Punzoo said the panchayat election in the state were held on non-party basis then why these greedy politicians use the panch and sarpanch as their pawns and expose them to terror threats.

While addressing a similar meeting at Jammu, Anil Sharma, AJKPC president asked the state government and DGP to ensure security of Panchayat leaders, who are selectively targeted by the terrorists with a motive to weaken the institutions of the democracy.

He also appealed to Panchayat members not to succumb to the diktats of the anti-democratic forces, but urged the Panch and Sarpanch not to resort to resign from their posts.

(Posted on 22-04-2014)