Early elections imperative to remove governance deficit in J&K: Altaf Bukhari

SRINAGAR, July 01: Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Thursday expressed serious concern over the governance deficit that has hugely impacted public delivery institutions in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a day-long provincial level at Party headquarters in Srinagar, Bukhari said as per a statement issued to news agency the void between the people and the government institutions is increasing exponentially in absence of an elected government.

He said that the people across Jammu and Kashmir are suffering immensely and unfortunately most of the officers and officials seem to be unwilling to listen to their woes and not to talk of mitigating their miseries.

“People are being pushed from pillar to post while their pressing issues go unnoticed. There is mounting resentment and alienation among the people that needs to be addressed. And the only panacea to end their sufferings at the grassroots level is to give them a representative form of the government,” he pleaded.

He urged the government of India to carry out the delimitation process on a fast-track basis and in a time bound manner in order to facilitate assembly elections at an earliest in Jammu and Kashmir.

Stressing on measures that will strengthen the party at grassroots level, Bukhari impressed on the party leadership to mobilize their cadres in order to reach out to the people in their respective areas.

“It’s not that we have not achieved anything even without being in power. But much more is needed to be done to fulfill our commitments made with the people,” he said, adding that Apni Party’s rank and file should work together to disseminate the party’s socio-political and economic agenda among the people across the length and breadth of Jammu and Kashmir.

Various party senior leaders including district presidents, coordinators, youth leaders, DDC & ULB members presented their feedback and put forth their opinions on organizational matters during the meeting.

Party Senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir, Party Senior Leader and Former Minister Dilawar Mir, Vice Presidents Zaffar Iqbal Manhas & Usman Majid, General Secretary Rafi Ahmad Mir, Provincial President Mohammad Ashraf Mir, State Secretary Muntazir Mohi-ud-din, Chief Coordinator & In-charge District Kulgam Abdul Majeed Padder, Spokesman Javid Hassan Baig, Media Advisor Farooq Andrabi, State Youth President & Mayor SMC Junaid Azim Mattu, Provincial Vice President Jagmohan Singh Raina, District President Srinagar Noor Mohammad Sheikh, District President Anantnag Abdur Rahim Rather, District President Kupwara Raja Manzoor, District President Baramulla Shoaib Lone, District President Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Mir, Coordinator South Syed S Gayoor Andrabi, Coordinator North Mehmood Baig, Provincial Secretaries Javid Mirchal, Abd Rashid Haroon, Nazir Wani (Dailgami) & Irfan Mattoo, Apni Party Senior leader & Chairman Municipal Committee Anantnag Hilal Ahmad Shah, General Secretary Youth Muzaffar Reshi, Provincial Youth President Khalid Rathore, DDC Chairperson Srinagar Malik Aftab, DDC Chairperson Shopian Bilqees, DDC Vice Chairperson Srinagar Bilal Bhat, DDC Vice Chairperson Shopian Irfan Manhas.

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