CC meets today to discuss Session strategy, Panchayat polls

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 29: The PDP-BJP Coordination Committee will meet here tomorrow to discuss and finalize the coalition Government’s strategy for upcoming budget session of the Legislature and Panchayat elections among a host of others.
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, Chairman of the Coordination Committee, will preside over nine-member Coordination Committee meeting.
Dr Singh told the Excelsior that the Coordination Committee will meet here tomorrow at 5 pm and take up number of issues including PDP-BJP Alliance Government’s floor strategy for both Houses of the Legislature for budget session, beginning January 2 and Panchayat elections in the State, which are scheduled to start from February 15.
The Coordination Committee members included Dr Nirmal Singh, Chairman, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Lok Sabha member from Jammu-Poonch seat, Thupstan Chewang, Lok Sabha member from Ladakh, Shamsher Singh Manhas, Rajya Sabha member and Narinder Singh, State general secretary, all BJP, Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri, Sartaj Madni, State vice president, Dillawar Mir, former Minister and Tarlok Singh Bajwa, former Rajya Sabha member, all from PDP.
Sources said general situation in Jammu and Kashmir, both on security and political fronts, yesterday’s expansion of Council of Ministry and Centre Government’s dialogue initiative on Jammu and Kashmir through Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma, were also likely to figure in the meeting.
“Besides, all members can take up any issue of their choice in the Coordination Committee meeting for discussions,” sources said, adding that the BJP members could rake up the issue of  discrimination with Jammu region in referring vacancies of teachers to the Recruitment Board.
It may be mentioned here that Jammu region has been grossly neglected in vacancies of teachers as compared to Kashmir division and the BJP members were expected to raise this issue in the Coordination Committee meeting as they were facing all-round criticism of the people from Jammu region and the party leaders were being mocked on social media.
According to sources, the Coordination Committee will discuss “tactical strategy” of the Alliance partners for Panchayat elections, which were being held on non-party basis from February 15.
The two coalition partners were expected to put up “strong and united face” in both Houses of the Legislature during the budget session despite differences on various issues and a strategy to this effect would also be discussed in the Coordination Committee meeting.
Last meeting of the revamped Coordination Committee was held on November 21 in which it was decided that the Panel should meet at least once in a month for better coordination between the Alliance partners, who have differences on various issues though the two parties were committed not to make them (the differences) public and resolve them within.