|EARLY TIMES REPORT|
JAMMU, Nov 19 : To mobilise the support of Sarpanches and Panches in favour of the party candidates for the forthcoming election for Members of Legislative Council (MLCs), BJP State President Shamsher Singh Manhas, alongwith senior leaders and MLAs kicked off election campaign in a programme organised at Ghagwal block in Samba district of Jammu province.
A large number of party activists, supporters and over 6 dozen Sarpanches and Panches from block Ghagwal had gathered to convey their unconditional support and votes to Col. Uttam Singh and Rashpal Verma.
Pertinent to mention that Col. Uttam Singh and Rashpal Verma are contesting two seats from Jammu province on the mandate of BJP.
Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Shamsher Singh Manhas said that the BJP has justification in seeking vote for its candidates as it is not only a political party but mission with a very clear motive of strengthening the nationalist forces, raising voice against region based discrimination and prevailing corruption in the state.
National Executive Member & Jammu East MLA Ashok Khajuria and Jugal Kishore Sharma said that the present NC-Congress coalition has betrayed Sarpanches and Panches as they have been deprived of real powers. MLAs Shyam Choudhary and Sukhnandan Kumar, who themselves represent the rural and farmers community in the assembly, said that God has given a golden opportunity to the Sarpanchs and Panchs to convert their anger and resentment against the government into the defeat of Kashmir centric NC and PDP and chair hungry Congress.
The party candidates Col. Uttam Singh and Rashpal Verma, while seeking vote in their favour, assured that they will leave no stone unturned to get for Sarpanches and Panches what they deserve and have been deprived of by the government. Mahant Ajay Dass ji, Sat Sharma (C.A.), Chander Mohan Sharma, Balbir Ram Rattan.
, Chaggar Singh, Munish Sharma, Karan Singh, Jaideep Sharma, Aseem Gupta, Ghulam Ali Khatana, Sukhdev Singh, Joginder Singh, Chaman Lal and Bishan Dass were prominent among others who also attened this programme.