Union Health and Family welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad saturday told party cadre during the day long PCC convention that the Assembly polls are round the corner. It is high time the party cadre should start working hard to ensure maximum seats in their kitty if they wish to implement their own party agenda in the state.
AICC General Secretary and incharge of J&K Ambika Soni in her address to the party cadre maintained that in the coming Assembly polls the congress party is likely to contest all the 87 seats, a clear indication the party was not going to forge any pre poll alliance in the state with any regional party.
According to senior party leaders who attended the day long convention at Ashoka Hotel, during their speeches both Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni dropped clear hints that the state government and the ruling party was ready to hold early polls in the state.” It is high time you too start preparing for the Assembly polls as they are round the corner”,the congress leaders said while addressing the party leaders. The congress ministers and PCC office bearers, party MP’s Madan Lal Sharma and Lal Singh also attended the convention.
Azad, according to party leaders, cautioned the party workers not to waste time and concentrate on improving their own party position in the coming months as assembly elections are round the corner. “It is not going to be easy ride. You may face roadblocks and face hardships but the goal of winning maximum seats should be set so that party can have its own Chief Minister in office” Azad is learnt to have told the gathering of congress leaders.
A senior congress leader told JKNI at the end of the convention, “Ghulam Nabi Azad delivered a straight message to the party cadre to pull up their socks in the coming five months as he anticipated Assembly polls are likely to be held after the presentation of the Budget in 2014″ .Later interacting with the media persons both GN Azad and Ambika Soni maintained that the question of forging an alliance is still open.
I have heard leaders in Jammu today, very soon we are going to sit with our party leaders in Kashmir and then Ladakh to gather their feedback and take a call whether there is any need to forge any pre poll alliance or not.
Ambika Soni, once again reiterated stand of the congress party over the issue of incorporating provisions of 73 rd amendment in the J&k Panchayati Raj Act at the earliest. She told media person PCC Chief Prof Saif Ud Din Soz had recently written a letter to Chief Minister urging him to hold Blcok Develpoment council and DDB polls after incorporating the amendments in the state Act.
Commenting on the delay caused in distribution of relief cheques to victims of Kishtwar violence Azad said, the group of ministers
dispatched by the chief minister to broker a peace deal among members of the two communities have submitted certain recommendations and expressed hope very soon the reief would be distributed in keeping with the assurances given by the state Chief Minister. On the question of repeated utterances of National Conference additional General Secretary Dr Mustafa Kamal Ambika Soni said, the senior leaders of the alliance partners should avoid speaking irresponsibly and out of turn.