Why local bodies polls being delayed?
By Agha Masood:
It’s a good omen that the Sindh Chief Minister has said that the elections of local bodies will be held on party basis unlike the chief Minister of Punjab who had declared that the elections of local bodies will be held on non-party basis, a legacy of military rule. However it has been observed that PPP government does not want to hold the election of local bodies simply because she is afraid that the masses will not vote for her especially when it has miserably failed to deliver anything tangible to the people of Pakistan especially the Sindh where she enjoys absolute power.
Although in 2008 elections PPP was committed to bring about meaningful change and give visible relief to the common man economically and socially.
The leadership had also promised that soon coming to power they will hold local bodied election to consolidate democracy at the grass root level, but so far they have not fulfilled their promise for holding local bodies elections. This does not augur well for a party who claims to represent the people at grass root level.
For the last four and half years the leadership of PPP has been issuing statements in the media and assuring the people for holding elections of local bodies as soon as possible, but no practical steps have been taken to hold the elections.
On the contrary the PPP has deliberately inducted the bureaucracy to look after the affairs of local bodies as was done in the past to subjugate the masses and put the issues relating to the welfare of the people and solutions of many smaller issues at the back burner thereby depriving the people of their constitutional rights. This is a gross violation of the constitution as also a conspiracy against the people.
On the contrary the MQM has always demanded of the government to hold the local bodies elections so that the problems of the masses at the local level be solved as also the law and order situation which is extremely bad and worrisome could be brought under control. Once the leadership at the grass root level is empowered as was witness four and half years ago when the local bodies system was efficiently run by the elected representatives of MQM.
Even when Niamatullah of Jamaat-e-Islami was the mayor, he too brought good change in the metropolis and elsewhere but the contribution of MQM leadership cannot be forgotten. Mustafa Kamal under the guidance of Altaf Hussain worked day and night and changed the face of Karachi by building roads, bridges, parks and hospitals which is almost a miracle. Similarly in Hyedrabad the MQM leadership developed the basic infrastructure of this historic city setting up an example to others that a genuine leadership can turn the table in the favour of people who repose trust in the elected leadership that they would turn the table. Because of sincere work of MQM, the PPP leadership is afraid to give them power through local bodies and want to delay the elections on one pretext and the other.
Denying the people of their rights, the feudal setup of PPP is deliberately trying to weaken the democracy and manipulating to withhold the local bodies elections to keep its hold on masses. This attitude of PPP leadership both at provincial level as well at Federal level is clear manifestation of their desire not to give power to the masses and instead indulged in massive corruption to destroy the state institutions at the altar of personal and narrow self interest.
This is a very sorry state of affairs and so far there is no light across the tunnel but a common man is not disappointed, he is well aware why the local bodies elections are not being held and deliberately delayed by PPP just to get some more time to plunder the resources of the nation, but how long?