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JAMMU: Apni Party in Thursday launched a basic membership drive from its Jammu Office at Gandhi Nagar in an impressive function. In a statement to the press, the membership drive was launched under the leadership of senior leaders i.e., Vice Presidents Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Choudhary Zulfikar Ali, and Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, General Secretary Vijay Bakaya, Provincial President, Jammu, Manjit Singh, Provincial President Women Wing Jammu, Namrta Sharma, Provincial Vice President Syed Asgar Ali, and other leaders.Speaking on the occasion, Vice President Aijaz Ahmed Khan said that the Apni Party came into being to represent the voice of people after August 5, 2019 when other political parties preferred to keep silence.“We have launched our membership to involve people in the democratic process. We believe that the membership will reach every Panchayat, village, tehsil, and district and across J&K and accordingly a democratically elected structure will be established in the Party,” said Aijaz Ahmed Khan.He said “There is a need for restoration of democratic Govt in J&K which can implement Govt of India’s welfare and developmental schemes on the ground and all the people get its benefits. Presently, the bureaucracy has failed to reach out to the public and it has increased disconnect.”Khan said that the Apni Party believes in democratic system and it should be implemented which is also a commitment of the Govt of India. “The restoration of statehood should not be delayed anymore,” he added.Vice President, Apni Party, Choudhary Zulfikar Ali, while speaking on this occasion, said that the Govt should prefer local officers in administration as well as in police department in postings as outsiders are not aware of the problems being faced by the people.“The Govt must use the potential of the local officers who seem to have been sidelined in postings in different departments and districts. Our officers are well aware of the difficulties of the people instead of officers from outside or IRS and other services. Our JKAS officers are more competent and efficient,” said Zulfikar Ali.He said that “We had formed this party with a motive to revive the political process in J&K and strengthen public representation.Vice President, Apni Party, Zaffar Ali Manhas said that the party stands for strong democratic institutions in J&K and revival of democratic process with the holding of assembly elections.“The assembly elections in J&K should not be delayed further,” he said on the launching of membership drive. He said that it is the commitment of the Govt of India that they will restore the Statehood to J&K. He said that the Party has won the confidence of the people and many people are joining the party.Prominent among the senior leaders present on the occasion included J&K Trade Union President Ajaz Kazmi, State SC Coordinator Bodh Raj Bhagat, OBC State Coordinator Madan Lal Chalotra, General Secretary J&K Youth Wing, Abhay Bakaya, Ex-MLA and District President Udhampur Faqir Nath, District President Kathua Ex-MLA Prem Lal, District President for Jammu Urban Pranav Shagotra, District President Rural-B, Rinku Arora, District President Kishtwar, Mohinder Parihar, District President Jammu Rural Pushp Dev Kumar Uppal, District President Samba, Raman Thappa, District President Rajouri, Syed Manzoor Bukhari, Provincial Secretary Jammu, Dr Rohit Gupta, Provincial President Jammu Youth Wing Gourav Kapoor, General Secretary OBC Ajay Rana, and others.The active members include Shanker Singh Chib, Saleem Choudhary, Shabir Kohli, Vaibhav Mattoo, Simranjeet Singh, Farooq Chauhan, Ashraf Choudhary, Vipul Bali, Dalbir Singh, J.P Singh, Deepak Brado, Adv Tajinder, Suhail Khajuria, Joginder Singh, Kulwant Singh, and others.
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