From our Correspondent
SILCHAR, Feb 2: “In a bid to shield the panchayat from the tentacles of corruption, the ‘corrupt’ Congress and ‘communal’ BJP and AIUDF should be voted out from power in the ensuing polls. There is no difference lie between the trios,” observed Samiran Acharjee, secretary CPI (M), Cachar– Hailakandi district committee.
Acharjee said that Congress was akin to BJP and AIUDF and no difference lie between the parties. He hit out at Congress for making a mess of Panchayat Raj by centralising its governance. While talking to this scribe, he pointed out that the people were fed up with all the parties for their ‘misrules’ and now wanted a change. According to him, CPI (M) along with its Left parties would get more number of seats in the upcoming panchayat polls in the district.
Acharjee informed that the party had fielded two candidates for ZP member, 17 for AP presidents, 18 for GP presidents and 74 for GP member seats in Cachar district. Sankar Dhuvi in South Borkhola and Rita Rani Das in North Dholai are the two CPI (M) backed candidates for the ZP member seats. It can be recollected here that in the last panchayat elections the CPI (M) nominated candidates had won both the seats. In Hailkandi, the party has nominated two candidates for GP presidents at Dholidar and Kathkal, one for AP president at Panchgram and 11 GP members. Besides, the Left party has supported many independent candidates.
He was confident to say that the number of seats of the party would get enhanced in the polls. He promised improvement of the education and health facilities in the villages, decentralisation of panchayats, strong vigilance against the corruption, proper implementation of PMGSY and MGNREGA schemes, if the CPI (M) backed candidates voted to power in the ensuing polls.
Acharjee tore into Congress for “institutionalizing corruption” in every sphere of the society. “Corruption of the ruling party at the Centre, the State and at the panchayat level has become a major issue of concern.”
He alleged large scale anomalies and irregularities in all the schemes like MGNREGA, PDS, NRHM, and PMGSY, which are especially meant for villagers. Quoting the media reports, he said that only a few people in the district had been benefited with MGNREGA scheme which guarantees 100 days’ job to the beneficiaries. He went on to say that the ruling party made assurances and promises during elections which later were forgotten, conveniently.
He, however, admitted that the Congress was the main opponent in the polls, refusing to recognize AIUDF and BJP as a force to reckon with. He said that AIUDF and BJP were known for playing “communal cards” to get the votes, which according to him would not make any difference in the polls.
He appealed to the people to vote out Congress from the power to find out solution of the existing loopholes which had impeded the pace of development of villages.