Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President PPP Central Punjab, said here today in a statement that the Punjab Government will not hold local bodies’ elections in November this year because of their well placed apprehension of anticipated electoral debacle attributed to their bad governance pushing its popularity at the lowest rung.
He said that the government had no delusion of its popularity among the people due to the back to back crisis of their making reflecting their inaptitude and the height of mismanagement. The fear of losing local bodes elections in the face of erosion of their political support in the province will force them to contemplate further delay with a view to complete the five years. But people will not give them benefit of doubt adding they have been deceived by them quite often during the two years of their rule, he added.
He argued that the petrol crisis in the recent past exposed their inaptness to the core because they failed to anticipate the gravity of the situation when the data of import and consumption of petrol of every liter was available. Their negligence and complacency brought the normal life in the province to a grinding halt putting the people in great discomfort, he pointed out.
He added that Punjab Chief Minister had been postponing the elections under one pre-text or another since 2008 because he was averse of the devolution and heavily tilted towards concentration of power. He is keeping more than dozen departments under his direct control and others were being run through bureaucracy and the Ministers are abjectly relegated to the secondary position, he added.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that the PPP demanded that the local bodies’ funds must not be transferred by the government like in the past for the completion of the other projects which were out of the ambit of the local government.
He criticized the Punjab Government for contemplating to transfer the local bodied funds for the completion of the Islamabad Metro Bus Project at the expense of the rest of the province where infrastructure was in miserable conditions due to the lack of maintenance. The farm to market roads has disappeared, he observed.
The pathetic conditions of the government schools, the BHUs and hospitals in the far flung areas spoke volumes of the official criminal negligence as neither the doctors had been appointed there nor the paramedics staff was posted and the availability of medicines was far-fetched cry.