Citing the failure of the government to conduct the urban local bodies (ULB) elections scheduled to be held in 2010, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the Omar Abdullah-regime has "bulldozed all democratic institutions in the state."
"It is very unfortunate that the present regime headed by the National Conference (NC) has bulldozed all democratic institutions. Delay in conducting ULB elections is causing hardship to the people of urban areas," party candidate from Jammu-Poonch parliamentary constituency MLC Yashpal Sharma said at public function on Tuesday.
Sharma said that the last ULB elections were held after a gap of two-decades when Mufti Mohamamd Sayeed was the chief minister.
He termed the Congress, NC's coalition partner, as equally responsible for the delay.
"Funding to the various central-sponsored schemes for the uplift of the urban poor have been stopped by the union government due to failure of the state government to conduct ULB elections", said Sharma.
PDP leader Rangil Singh said that Centre had blocked grants worth crores for urban development because the state government failed to constitute duly-elected local bodies. He added that the indifferent attitude to give powers to the panchayats and the inordinate delay in conducting ULB elections authenticated that this regime was all-out to erode the sanctity of democratic institutions.
"Dignity and sanctity of the highest of democratic institutions like the Assembly has already been undermined in the last five years because no serious discussion has been allowed in the House," said Singh.
PDP leaders said that while 80% voters participated in panchayati elections, apart from some unfulfilled promises, nothing more was made available to the citizens by their leaders.