One of the oldest Congress leader in Jammu and Kashmir and former deputy Chief Minister Pandit Mangat Ram Sharma is still not ready to hang his boots.
An octogenarian Sharma is still going strong in the state politics and has ‘willingly’ succumbed to the offer of contesting 2014 Assembly polls from the Jammu West Assembly constituency.
Though the party is yet to formally begin the process of shortlisting the candidates but hectic political activity across various assembly constituencies has given enough indication to the political workers about the forthcoming poll season.
Keeping this in mind the aspirants have started working hard and launched mass contact programmes in their respective areas to consolidate their voter base.
At one of these meetings Mangat Ram Sharma saturday made it clear that he is ready to represent the Congress party from Jammu west Constituency in the forthcoming Assembly polls.
Sharma, may have been keeping a low profile in the day to day working of the party, but he is still considered a force to reckon by the old guard in the party and his opinion is sought by the party high command ahead of announcing important decisions.
In the recent weeks Sharma was seen too often in the party functions and is said to have revived emotional chord with his trusted supporters in the Jammu West Constituency to consolidate his grip on the party machinery.
On Saturday the former deputy Chief Minister even addressed a workers meeting and urged the party leaders & workers to get themselves united and strengthen the party, as Congress is the only party which guarantees the unity and integrity of the nation.
Sharma said that Congress party has ruled the country most of the time after independence because of its policies and programs. It has been providing able and dynamic leadership to lead the country time to time. He further said that the Congress is strong in all three regions of the state but it needs to be further strengthened, keeping an eye on the coming parliamentary and assembly elections.
He said that, he is ready to serve the people of the state, as service to people was his motto throughout his life. Accepting the demand of the party workers that he should fight next assembly election from Jammu West, Sharma said that he had already nourished this constituency and is very keen to represent it again so that the remaining developmental works would be completed.