|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Sept 25: The State Congress party has sharply come under criticism in the process of finalization of its candidates for Urban Local Bodies elections slated to be held in the next month by out rightly ignoring its senior, experienced leaders and former Corporators by not involving them in decision making.
Sources told Early Times that the former Corporators of Jammu Municipal Corporation from the Congress party, who were well aware of the ground position of the party in different wards and about the deserving candidates, but State Congress party kept them away.
Reliable sources informed that even former mayor JMC and senior Congress leader Narinder Singh, was also not taken into confidence in this process and party kept distance from him. When Early Times contacted former Mayor, he confirmed that party has not contacted him so far. "The sheer ignorance of its leaders by State Congress leadership, who worked on the ground and had huge participation in Municipality affairs in the last ULB elections has demoralized its cadre," he said adding that the winning candidates of last Municipal elections should have been consulted and committees should have been set up to propose the candidates but this important aspect was ignored.
He further alleged that inexperienced candidates are being fielded stirring resentment among the Congress cadre and several workers have filed their nominations as independent candidates. "We were of the views that well educated candidates, who have good rapport with the people should be fielded so that good message should go in the public" he said.
"Despite being former mayor of JMC, I was ignored. How can one say that the candidates who were given party mandate, have good reputation among the people which is the important thing which should be considered," he said further adding that they had worked in the public ground and know their mood which could have been in favor of the party but internal politics of the state high command will cause damage the party in these elections.