Early Times Report
Jammu, Jan 17: First ever District Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir were conducted to take development to the grass-root level and the young brigade of the Saffron Party, emerged victorious and pledged to progress and prosperity across the Union Territory.
BJP won 70 Territorial Constituencies including three from Kashmir valley and the winners were mostly young and new faces.
Doda one of the prominent districts, have eight winners from the party out of total 14 with new and energetic faces.
Doda district wholeheartedly voted to young brigade of BJP for development as well as progress irrespective of caste, religion and creed despite having Muslim population in majority.
Young face from Thathri Block of Doda, Sandeep Singh Manhas, 36, who registered historic victory with 4770 votes, feels that youth emerged winner in many parts of the UT for a change.
Following the footsteps of his father, Hans Raj Manhas, a social activist and hardcore worker of BJP, Mr Sandeep Singh Manhas, who became DDC member from Thathri, expressed that in Doda, the candidates were voted to power for development and progress of the region.
“Out of eight winning candidates of BJP, six are young and new faces including four women, which indicates that people want change and have banked upon us for better future,” Mr Manhas said while talking to news agency .“We were polled majority votes as expected and there was no division at all,” says the DDC member.
After quitting a private job with well earning in Chandigarh, Mr Manhas, returned to his Panchayat in Thathri to work for people and engage them in major self oriented projects to generate employment with a ‘Mission & Vision’. “Like my father, I wanted to serve society, so I started assisting in water management and other projects. Gradually, people started inspiring me to contest Panchayat Polls but I refused and in DDC polls, they forced me to contest and I agreed to their request,” he added.
“Moreover, top BJP leadership paved way for me by giving nod to my proposed name from Thathri for DDC polls and their faith in me, emerged me winner,” he said while attributing the win also to wife Monika Parihar and kids Daivik Rajput and Ananya Rajpuit, who never complaint him of not sparing time for them during campaigning period.
The young faces from Doda district comprising Rekha Devi, Yudhvir Singh, Jaya Rani, Santosha Devi, are committed, dedicated towards progress and honest under the guidance of experienced leadership.
Senior leader Dhanater Singh, Sangeeta Rani Bhagat, Manohar Lal, Santosha Devi are among other faces, who kept the party flag high in Doda district.
Mr Dhanater Singh, who is the front runner for the post of DDC Chairman from Doda, feels that BJP is blessed to have a young brigade.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself says that youth can change generations and future of any country and fortunately, India has a healthy population of youth, who are contributing in nation building,” said the leader.