x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   'Digital India Week' celebrated at Ramban | PGCI felicitates employees for restoration electricity supply after flood devastation | LWWS stages Nukkad play "Adalat Ke Chakkar" | SNCF organizes bike rally | JKAACL organizes Mushaira | GGF remembers Swami Vivekananda on his death anniversary | Digital India week observed | Indian intelligence pays militants in Kashmir: Former RAW chief | Army should carry out Myanmar- type action in PoK: Raina | Public meeting held by Police at Talwara | Revocation of 2 yrs BEd, MEd course demanded | 'Murder case' under trail assaulted in Court Complex | Ex-Dy CM Mangat Ram alleges he faces 'life threat' from son | Amit Shah seeks their report card, to chair crucial meet in Delhi on July 12 | Dulat exposes Abdullahs' white lie | 'Militants may cross border to target Yatra' | Jammu University or a caste Sabha | Down with BJP, say people of Jammu | BJP led NDA Govt dumps separatists in dustbin | Politics of promises | 6 former VCs, several bureaucrats among JU Library defaulters | Annual plan outlay for Doda, Kishtwar announced | e-Duniya Day celebrated across post offices in Jammu, Kashmir | Right Guidance at Right Time Mantra Behind My Success: Athar | HC’s directive on selection of JEs (Civil) | Matricide shocker: Youth allegedly kills his step-mother | Court seeks action report in 'Wamiq's Killing' as per SC Directions | BJP to chalk out JK strategy in Delhi; MLAs MLCs asked to attend July 12 meeting | Five SHOs transferred in Kathua | CMO Rajouri suspends CHC staff for absent from duty | Under treatment SPO succumbs to injuries | Court acquits four accused allegedly involved in militancy | Power shut down | NHAI's promise to ease traffic falls flat | JMC conducts drive against unhygienic food items | Save precious life | Udhampur stripping case : Army jawan among three arrested | LMD books 250 traders in Poonch, Charges Rs 16500 fine | NSUI holds protest, demands extension of carry-on system | Fresh batches of yatris leave for Amarnath cave, 18,321 pay obeisance | Under trail in ‘murder case’ assaulted in Court Complex | RR organizes medical camp | Jai Singh starts development work at Sainik Colony | Youth allegedly stabbed over loan feud | RKJ, JKAACL felicitate Prakash Sharma | Rare Surgery : 22 kgs Ovarian cyst removed at DH Anantnag | Samba athletics meet today | Judicial Academy conducts refresher course for police officers | MCC wins in Satwari cricket | Man injured in LPG cylinder explosion in Jammu | Kashmir rail link project to be completed by 2020 | JKP XI beat Simula by 21 runs | SUF releases election manifesto | JKNPP accuses BJP-PDP Govt of discrimination against Jammu | JKFA holds referees seminar | Simula, Patel win ties in Chevrolet Cup | Orientation training programme concludes | Replace corrupt zonal officers, JTC urges upon Relief Commissioner | USC releases election manifesto | Will BJP dare to stir the hornet's nest at Roopnagar | Paramedical staff of GMC, associated hospitals without salaries since May | 2 militants, 1 jawan killed | Kishtwar teacher victimized on social media | Employment programs denied, deserving youth left in lurch | NC silent, separatists react angrily to ex-RAW chief's revelations | R&B gears up blacktopping in Kashmir | Brief strike in Maisuma following altercation between shopkeeper & JKLF activist | Voluntary disclosure under RTI Act | Now, Mirwaiz goes soft on bête-noire Geelani | Back Issues  
 
news details
Panchs, sarpanchs victims of politics of bluff
LC ELECTIONS
11/21/2012 12:26:27 AM
EARLY TIMES REPORT
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
 
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU