‘Democracy must reach grassroot to stop graft’

AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said corruption can be stopped only by establishing democracy at the grassroot level.

Jammu: AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi
on Tuesday said corruption can be stopped only by establishing
democracy at the grassroot level.

"If we have to stop corruption then our democracy
(Loktantra) should reach to the grassroot level in villages
and to the common man," he said.
"If the country is to be changed, it cannot be changed
from the top, it can be changed from the ground level,"
Gandhi told newly-elected sarpanches and panches here.

"Policies can be from the top, ideas can come from the
top, thoughts can come from the top, but their implementation
has to be at the level of municipalities, panchayats and
wards," he said.

On elections for the Youth Congress and NSUI, Gandhi
said "we have done away with the nomination of president and
other office-bearers of these bodies. We have decided to hold
elections to choose the office-bearers."

Gandhi asked his party activists to coordinate with the
coalition government to ensure speedy and equitable
development of all three regions of the state.
"You have your own government in New Delhi. We will
help you (J&K) from New Delhi (in overall development)," he
said.

"Here also, we have a coalition government, you should
coordinate with it so that Jammu, Ladakh and Srinagar will
equally move fast (on the path of development)," Rahul said.

"Whatever development we can have in Jammu, Kashmir and
Ladakh, we will do it," he said.

The print media was barred from covering the function but
the electronic media was allowed.

PTI

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