Teach lesson to non-performers: Bhardwaj
STATE TIMES NEWS
BISHNAH: Senior advocate and a prominent social figure of Jammu and Kashmir Mohinder Bhardwaj said that the State is passing through a very distressed phase on account of mis-governance and total neglect of areas by elected representatives in many areas. The coming Assembly elections have brought a golden opportunity for the people to teach a lesson to those representatives who have not come to their expectations.
“The time of reckoning has once again come and I appeal to the people to act judicially while voting to elect their candidate. A wrong selection of the candidate once again will push Bishnah further back on the developmental graph. Pragmatism and not emotions should be the determining factor for the people while choosing to vote for a nominee,” he said.
Reminding them he had tried to serve the people to the best of his ability during recent rains/floods and unprovoked Pak firing on the border villages, Bhardwaj said that he is committed to serve the area with same spirit and gut. “Serving people of Bishnah is an article of faith for me and it is immaterial that whether I sit in the Assembly or not my efforts on the development of the area and well-being of the people will continue,” he further observed.
Addressing a meeting of local Congress leaders and prominent workers here on Sunday, Bhardwaj said that this the time for the people to evaluate the performance of their sitting MLAs and even corner them when the legislators approach the public for votes. People should act with utmost caution while exercising their right to franchise and should not be carried away by hollow slogans and attempts to emotionally black-mailing them into voting for any individual or a political party.
He further exhorted the people of the area particularly of Bishnah Assembly segment to be wary of such designs of the BJP and its candidate who had utterly neglected the area despite people reposing faith in him twice.
He said that it is ironic that despite such a background of a non-performer of BJP’s candidate, the party has chosen him as their candidate. “It has exposed the BJP which has, since the last Lok Sabha elections, hardselling its developmental agenda despite total failure on this front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the last five months of his prime ministership”, added Bhardwaj.
He made a strong pitch that Congress with its secular credentials and acceptance in all sections of the society has a historic role to play under the leadership of its president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Speakers including some prominent persons of the area said that they are fully behind Bhardwaj even if he has not been given the Congress mandate. “We are with you and wait for your directions,” the speakers said. Those who spoke and expressed these views include Darshan Kumar Sharma, a retired Zonal Education Officer, Rajaram Khajuria and Rajesh Sharma, known political and social activists of the area.
Bhardwaj also honoured Third Eye Anti Crime Team, a Non Government organisation for their work during the recent floods and border firing.
Senior social and political leader of Bishnah Ashok Dubey traced his family ties with the people of the area and commitment to serve the people. In this connection, he recollected the work done by his father and former MLA late Dr Jagdish Dubey and assured the people that he will continue to work in the same spirit.
The meet was attended by Ghansham Sharma, Tarsem Lal, Rajeev Sharma, Ajay Kumar, Yashpal, Rajinder Kumar, Munish Gupta, Kasturi Lal, Raj Kumar, Ranjit Singh, Yograj Singh, Kapil Sharma and Bhola Ram.