PDP Party of Liars, Beigh Opposed Panchayat Empowerment: Sagar

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Srinagar – Describing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a party of liars, senior National Conference leader and Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ali Mohamad Sagar said that the PDP has become insane after losing power in the last elections.

“They are making issues out of nothing. The only agenda of PDP is to grab power”, Sagar said while talking ot KNS.

The Minister said that PDP leader, Muzafar Hussain Baigh was the chairperson of the committee for empowerment of Panchayats and that he (Baigh) opposed empowerment of Panchayats in the State Assembly, ‘which is on record’.

Sagar claimed that majority of Panches and Sarpanches in Kashmir belong to National Conference while Jammu has majority of Congress.

Calling the PDP an opportunist party which has proved itself as the worst opposition party, he said that it (PDP) instead of playing the role of a constructive opposition in the State played dirty politics and is washing its dirt in the public. He said that PDP is issuing the statements based on lie and propaganda.

“PDP is making irresponsible statements based on lie and falsehood to make hue and cry. They are experts at inventing a bag of lies” he said.

He said that the PDP had been a jealous enemy of late Shiekh Abdulla and its jealousy continues with the success of National Conference. “It (PDPcannot see success of NC and the popularity of Omar Abdulla among the people of the state” he added.

He further said that the empowerment of Panchayats is under process and government is taking it step by step. “Government has empowered Panchayats at the village level and empowerment on the block level will be completed after Block level elections and thereafter at district level”, he said.

Hitting back at Muzafar Baigh he said that Baigh has made irresponsible and false and fabricted statements before media in press conference on Friday. He said that Baigh is the person who opposed the empowerment of the Panchayats. “If Panches and Sarpanches will be empowered, it’ll make MLA’s powerless in their constituencies” Sagar said quoting Baigh as having said.
Sagar said that fair Panchayat elections were held in which 77% voters participated through exercising their right to vote and this made PDP frustrated. He said that it is not possible to provide individual security to the 35,000 Panches and Sarpanches.

“During the regime of Mufti Mohamad Sayeed there were 60 comparators among which three were killed. Why did he fail to provide security to such a small number of corporations?” he questioned. 
 Sagar said that PDP is characterless party with self interests and wanted to grab the chair of Chief Minister with the help of lie and falsehood. Sagar expressed his surprise over the statement of Baigh in which he (Baigh) had alleged NC for the killings of the Panches and Sarpanches and claimed PDP has majority of Panchayat members. “NC has majority of Panchayat members in Kashmir and in Jammu majority belongs to Congress” Sagar claimed.  “Sarpanch, Ghulam Mohamad Dar, killed in Nowpora and another one killed in Pattan belonged to NC” said Sagar. “I went there to condole the family of deceased. I fail to understand what Baigh has claimed”, he added.

Asked about the support of Congress to PDP’s 73rd amendment bill in coming session of State Assembly “PDP has not submitted any such bill for consideration and I wonder what the Congress will support”, he replied. “Omar Abdulla is serious enough about the empowerment of Panchayats and it will be done at any cost” he added.

Asked about the demand of PDP to disclose the names of Congress ministers who opposed the empowerment of Panchayats, he said “In that meeting all party MLA’s were present including PDP. Ask PDP to disclose the name of those Ministers”.

Asked if it is suitable to hold block level elections under the prevailing threat to Panchayat members “We’ll hold the elections smoothly” he replied.

Meanwhile Sagar accused PDP for providing mandate to militants for contesting election. “NC never compromised with the gun and that is why most of the bullets were fired upon it (NC)” he said).(KNS)

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