Jammu Tawi, May 19
Holding the coalition government responsible for the breakdown of the administrative machinery with the virtual collapse of law and order in the state, former minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today said that the prevalent situation in the valley tantamount to constitutional failure.
Urging upon the coalition government to honour the election time promises made to the people of Jammu region, Bhalla said that the BJP’s political constituency had suffered the worst neglect and discrimination under the present regime. He regretted that the delivery on the promises during the last more than two years rule had been in opposite proportion to the expression of such high pitched slogans with not a single promise having been cashed in. He said that BJP had utterly failed to relieve the deep-rooted awareness in Jammu that it had sold its principles
This was stated by former minister while addressing public gathering in continuance of his mass contact programme to take care of public issues in Gandhi Nagar constituency.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhalla said that government is shying away from its duty to conduct urban local body and Panchayat elections. Formation of ULBs are must to empower the people of urban areas”, he said and added that in a democratic system it was necessary to make representative character of all democratic institutions to ensure people’s participation in these institutions.
He said that the Centre has blocked grants worth crores for urban development because the State Government has failed to constitute duly elected local bodies. “Priority of this regime is not to empower people by strengthening democratic institutions but those at the helm of the affairs want to accomplish their nefarious designs by controlling such institutions through undemocratic means”, he observed and cautioned that such attitude of the ruling party would be proved disastrous for the State.