Development deficit hit Poonch: Bhalla

Cong leader Raman Bhalla addressing public rally at Mandi on Thursday.
Cong leader Raman Bhalla addressing public rally at Mandi on Thursday.

Cong organises election rallies at Mandi, S’kote

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, Mar 28: Former Minister and Congress candidate from Jammu-Poonch Parliamentary constituency Raman Bhalla has claimed that development deficit has badly affected Poonch district as previous State Government failed to come up with any solid approach for the people of this border district.
While addressing election rallies at Mandi, Surankote and Bafliaz in Poonch district today Bhalla said that Congress Government had started several vital projects for Poonch which were shelved by previous Government thereby, putting the district in a state of governance deficit. He further said that many new administrative units were also opened by the then Congress Government in second phase but previous Government shelved the same.
Bhalla asked party cadre to increase their mass contact program as some forces are also working to divide people on the name of caste and religion. He said that Congress has always remained at forefront in taking the administration to door-steps of the people in order to assuage their urges and aspiration. He referred to the under-development of Poonch during the misrule of BJP saying the people of the area will give BJP befitting reply through their power of votes in the ensuing elections. He said the insensitive coalition failed on all fronts, be that development or implementation of various welfare schemes.
Congress leader said the discredited and rejected alliance had no policy for youth in particular.He said BJP Govt failed to address issues pertained to scarce rations, dilapidated condition of roads, erratic power and drinking water supply besides poor health care facilities. He maintained that development of Poonch remained a distant dream for the people of Poonch under BJP rule who are living under the shadow of gunfire from across the border and this is the hard reality.
He said Congress is committed to providing a transparent and accountable administration which works for the betterment and welfare of the common citizen. The public leaders are the bridge between the citizens and the Government and thus the responsibility lies on our shoulders to bring Government closer to our citizens, so that they become active participants in the governance process, Bhalla said.
The programme was organized by district president Ch Abdul Ghani. Prominent among those present on the occasion include ex MLA NC Aijaz Jan, Bagh Hussain Rathore, S Rajinder Singh, Mahinder Singh, Shabir Shah, Gurjit Singh, Ch Zakir Hussain and others.