Ours is a genuine drive. We don’t enrol members on the basis of missed calls – Saroori

Axe is likely expected to fall on some party leaders for anti-party activities: Saroori

Kishtwar, May 13: – Congress party on Wednesday kick-started its membership drives in Chenab Valley with an aim to attract new members and to reach and connect every household in the Chenab Valley with the party.

The membership drive was officially kick started here in a function by Vice President J&K PCC and In-Charge Doda and Kishtwar in which all the party’s senior workers, members, office bearers, Block heads, Tehsil Heads and  large number of Congressmen were present.

While addressing the grand party membership meeting here at Dak Bunglow Kishtwar, Saroori said that we wanted to start this drive earlier but it got delayed because of the incessant rains in the areas. Our aim is to reach every household in the Chenab Valley and connect them with the party.

“Ours is genuine drive. We don’t enrol members on the basis of missed calls,” Saroori said and added that ours is the only cadre-based party in the country. We are connected to the people at the grassroot-level.

Saroori also advised the party activists to reach every nook and corner of the district Kishtwar as well to register more and more members into the party fold and for that each and every polling booth has to be covered.

He asked party workers to vigorously launch membership drive in the district and said that genuine party workers would be recognized from the grass root level.

“Axe is likely expected to fall on some party leaders in Kishtwar district who are doing anti-party activities in the area and will be expelled from the basic membership of the party”, Saroori said and adding that to strengthen the Congress at all levels, shortcomings would be identified and grievances of workers would be addressed to galvanize and re-energize the party in order to the play the desired role to win back the faith of the people.

Saroori said that the time was ripe for the Congress to get its cadres active. “By six months we should have a strong network of active party workers ready to take on the ruling BJP and PDP in the Municipality and Panchayat elections”.

He also took the opportunity to take a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “People are so tired that they shut off the TV sets as soon he appears on the screen. The BJP government has lost its credibility within a year. All the promises Modi made to capture power have remained unfulfilled.”

“It’s just a matter of time. The Congress should get itself fighting fit so that at the opportune time, when people throw the BJP out of power, we are ready for the task to govern,” said Saroori.

Working district President Kishtwar Haji Mohd Amin, Senior Congress leaders including Mohd Iqbal Keen, Mushtaq Ahmed Hap, Mahinder Singh Parihar, Piyaray Lal Shan, Bidya Lal, Noor Hussain, Choudhary Noor Mohd, Shamas Din, Advocate Suman, Mohd Shafi Dar, Firdous Mingnoo, Santosh Kumar, Mansoor Ahmed Mattoo, Choudhary Issaq, Satish Kumar and other Congress leaders from district Kishtwar also spokes on the occasion and stressed on the need for enrolling active workers to rebuild the party. They also exhorted upon the party workers to come forward voluntarily to fulfill the mission of AICC President Sonia Gandhi for the betterment and development of the country.

Later Mr. Saroori along with hundreds of Congress workers took out a protest rally from Dak Bunglow to DDC Office Kishtwar against the state government for failing on every front in the state and said that people had understood the “real intentions” of coalition government and would “teach them a lesson”.

Saroori lashed out at PDP-BJP coalition for its anti- youth policies and said that the proposed recruitment policy will be against the interests of the educated unemployed youth of the State. He said MGNREGA scheme was introduced for farmers and farm labourers to be able to earn some money during the time of drought. But the government is trying to dilute the scheme and is not paying the rights of labourers.

The protestors led by Saroori later submitted a memorandum of demands to DDC Kishtwar, Mr. Mohammad Javed Khan which includes bad condition of Batote-Kishtwar road, MGNREGA payments, SSA salary, clearance of 6,000 pension cases in the district, payment to contractors, wages to Ret Teachers, SSA teachers, clearance of 8 crores liabilities on account of food grain carriage, ration on the basis of 2011 census, replacement of transformers, opening of inner link roads of Marwah, Warwan, Padder, Nagseni, Chatroo, Mugalmaidan, Bunjwah, Sarthal and Padder areas, sanction 100% plan of MGNREGA, shortage of Doctors and electricity problems.

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