NC, Cong want ‘Autonomy’ for ‘family’, not for Panchayat: Jitendra

Kathua: Lashing out at the opposition parties who, he said, were looking for excuses to escape from participation in the proposed local body elections in the State, Union Minister in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that these parties, particularly National Conference (NC) and its ally Congress, want dynastic “autonomy” for the “family”, but do not want democratic “autonomy” for the “Panchayat”.
In a hard-hitting speech after inaugurating the first-of-its-kind Seed Processing Plant here today, Dr Jitendra Singh asked, what moral right does a party like National Conference has to demand autonomy for dynastic leadership, while denying autonomy to democratically elected leadership of Sarpanches and Panches in a Gram Panchayat.
He also asked, what right the Congress Party has to offer tacit support to the stand taken by such parties, even as it takes pride that its leader Rajiv Gandhi was the architect of 73rd Amendement of Constitution pertaining to the Panchayat Act.
Making a dig at both National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Singh said, the Jammu-based activists of these parties are feeling frustrated by the decision imposed on them by their Kashmir-centric leadership.
The Jammu based activists of these parties had been, for the last several years, nurturing dreams of becoming Corporators and Councilors.
Dr Singh appealed to all the Jammu-based activists of National Conference and PDP to join BJP and support the local body electoral process without losing any time. We shall find out a suitable role for them, he said.
The most hilarious aspect of the misguided attempt to link 35A with local elections is, Dr Singh said that, despite 35A, the National Conference President did not find anything wrong in contesting Lok Sabha by-election with mere 7% polling, so that he could secure perks and bungalows as an MP and the PDP President found nothing wrong in getting a backdoor entry for her brother into the legislative Council. This has yet again exposed the opportunistic politics of these parties, he added.