AJKPC appeals Panchayat members for larger participation in DDC polls

AJKPC president talking to mediapersons in Srinagar.
AJKPC president talking to mediapersons in Srinagar.

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Dec 2: All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) has asked all Panchayat members and electorates to vote in favour of deserving, clean image and honest candidate during the ongoing elections of first-ever District Development Council (DDC) polls in the Union Territory (UT).
“This is for the first time that Jammu and Kashmir is going to have empowered grassroots level democracy after the constitution of DDCs. The ongoing elections are the biggest festival of democracy. It is the duty of all elected Panchayat members, including Sarpanches and Panches, and common voters to elect the people having no criminal background, clean image and sincerity to serve the people,” said Anil Sharma, UT President of AJKPC, while making a fervent appeal to the people and Panchayat members during his week-long tour to different districts of Kashmir Valley.
Sharma said the AJKPC has not fielded its candidates, but it is duty bound to make people aware about the credentials of people contesting DDC polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The people should boycott the people with criminal background and those who are facing charges, especially under Section 302 and 307. The people holding strong moral grounds and clean image need to be voted so that they can serve the masses with sincerity and honesty,” Sharma said.
Sharma welcomed the encouraging and high voting percentage in the first two phases of DDC polls wherein over 52 percent and 49 percent voters respectively exercised their right to vote.
“The voting trends are quite encouraging. It is the victory of ballot over bullets in Jammu and Kashmir. The AJKPC, being an organisation working for strengthening of grassroots level democracy, wants that more and more people should take part in this festival of democracy and elect deserving candidates,” the AJKPC leader said.
During his week-long tour, Sharma visited Ganderbal, Baramulla, Kupwara, Shopian, Srinagar, Anantnag and other parts of Kashmir Valley and held interactions with elected Panchayat members. He was accompanied by Jaan Mohammad, Anees-ul-Islam, Shabir Ahmad, Ghulam Tantray, Mohd Maqbool, Mushtaq Ahmad, Basharat Abdul Rashid Khan, Mohd Shafi Uri, Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, Mushtaq Ahmad Tantray and Imtiaz Ahmed.