Like our Facebook Page

Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
Breaking News :   Over 1000 drug peddlers nabbed in J&K | Another BJP leader grabs forest land in Sunjwan | Astounding! Opposition staged parallel proceedings in LA | Mufti's master stroke compels Omar to take escape route | LC witnesses uproarious scenes on second consecutive day | Anticipated shortfall in power budget likely to create electricity crisis in J&K | Don't pay rent to Vinod Sharma: SVO to telecom company | IG directs SPs, SHOs to go all out against criminals | Enquiry committee recommends de-affiliation, fine | Three and half months on, GAD fails to forward 1059 posts of Lecturers to JKPSC | Teacher turns don, exploits students | Qadyanis plan seminar in Srinagar, MMU objects | Fails to implement its own order despite vacation of stay | LC chooses 'no reply' on question under CM's Home Deptt tabled on Oct 5 | Dy. CM for fast track completion of Bus Stand modernization project | SKAUST commemorates International Day of Non violence | Youth Congress accuses BJP-PDP coalition of policy paralysis | High quality set top box with MPEG-4 technology launched | Insurance employees stage demonstration | Government waiting for Center's nod on border tourism: CM | BZA holds dharna highlights demands | Jail Warden Aspirants appeals CM to fulfill commitment | Now Farooq sympathizes with NYC protestors | Jammu being turned into another Pathankot, traders worried | BJP leaders conspiring to settle score with Pawan Gupta for writing letter to Drabu | Drama unfolds in Assembly after two NC legislators are suspended for rest of session | Efforts for retrieving power projects from Centre still on: Govt | Demeaning profession, headmaster put students to task of toilet cleaning | Ignoring SLSC directions, CAMPA sends 5.25 Cr in 3 years | SI suspended, Janipura PS SHO attached, inquiry initiated | One injured in shootout outside district court complex | Govt to explore possibility of chopper service to tourists : CM | Inter district U/19 cricket tournament enters 2nd day | Drug de-addiction camp organized | Bring temple Bill in next Assembly session : APMCC to Govt | Will protect Article 370 and 35-A: J-K Govt | Motorcyclist dies, hit by Tanker | Ambardar raises return, rehabilitation of displaced community | Oldies are sent to old-age homes when they expect children to reciprocate their care | Fort shrine of Mata Chanchlo Devi | No downgrading of security grid in J&K | After Betab valley, Govt to lease out Pahalgam huts to 'influential family' | Flood relief: HC chides Secy Relief & Rehab, Director MHA | PDP-BJP attempts to weaken special status of J&K: NYC | KPs would be settled in separate clusters in Valley: Govt | Drug addiction on rise in J&K: Mufti | Kishtwar coaching institutes run in violation of court orders | Lal Singh holds Police responsible for growing drug abuse | Service book can not be sought under RTI: SIC | Not possible to impose complete ban on liquor: Govt | One year on, work on 850 MW Rattle HEP still suspended | Dilapidated Samba footbridge endangers lives of villagers | Without advertise selection list, CMO appoints blue eyed candidate | Train derails in Kathua | Bar suspends work over firing incident | Mining as per under law to save environment: JK SPCB | 'Local youth being lured into militancy in Kashmir' | More than 2.20 lakh arms licenses issued in last six years: CM | Gang rape victim approaches HC for appearing in middle standard exam | HC directive in PIL against transfer of forest land to JDA | Four of a family injured in cylinder blast Bhaderwah | Candidates flay delay in recruitment process. | Murderers of 4-day-old baby held | Rajouri: Bandh call withdrawn after DIG's intervention | MBS, GDC Samba, SPMR advance in football | Students from KC Gurukul School selected for rope skipping championship | NSS unit of GDC Khour holds rally | Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan Week organized | Programme on NCSC organized | GCW organizes Inter-College seminar on wild life conservation | Back Issues  
news details
Panchs, sarpanchs victims of politics of bluff
11/21/2012 12:26:27 AM
JAMMU, Nov 20: Thousands of panchs and sarpanchs are in a fix. They are confronted with a choice between exercising their franchise and boycotting the Legislative Council elections, scheduled to be held on December 3. They are finding it difficult to decide which way to go. The political parties and candidates which have been fielded by them are after them and seeking their vote and support. There are some credible inputs which suggest that the "parties like the NC and the Congress are likely to use all available means to bring panchs and sarpanchs on board" and that "money and muscle power will also be used to win all the four seats for which election will be held next month". There are also inputs which suggest that "services of elements in the administration and police will also be availed to motivate and pressurize panchs and sarpanchs to vote for the coalition candidates". The NC has fielded two candidates and the Congress has also fielded an equal number of candidates.
It is important to note that most of the panchs and sarpanchs are feeling cheated and badly let down. The reasons are not far to seek. They had been given to understand by the state Congress leaders, including JKPCC president Saif-ud-Din Soz, that they will persuade their coalition partner, National Conference, to adopt and implement the 73rd constitutional amendment in the Indian Constitution and see to it that the elected panchs and sarpanchs were transferred some administrative and financial powers so that they could cater to the immediate needs of people at the grass-roots level. The Congress under pressure from the National Conference leaders, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, have now taken a complete U-turn and candidly told them that the adoption of 73rd constitutional amendment in its present form is out of question.
The Congress U-turn has only disappointed them. In fact, many panchs and sarpanchs have started accusing the Congress of betraying them to remain in the good books of the NC leadership. Their accusation against the National Conference in general and the Congress in particular just cannot be dismissed as something silly and preposterous. They do make a point when they denounce the Congress leadership and charge it with betraying their trust. Indeed, they had reposed faith in the Congress leadership because not one but many Congress leader, plus the state youth Congress, had created an impression that they were committed to empowering them. Today, they stand thoroughly exposed.
It is not the Congress' complete U-turn on the issue of empowerment which has disappointed them and added to their anger. The refusal of the state government to provide security to panchs and sarpanchs and the full support the JKPCC chief has extended to the official stand have further infuriated them, with many of them waiting for an opportunity to resign. There is consensus among many of them that they have become victims of politics of bluff and deceit. One cannot but share their anger and views.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
Early Times Android App
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
Train Enquiry
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center