Process for re­vi­sion of elec­toral rolls be­gins

Sus­pense con­tin­u­ous over Pan­chayat polls

The Northlines - - FRONT PAGE - NL COR­RE­SPON­DENT SRI­NA­GAR, OCT 12

The sus­pense over hold­ing of Pan­chayat poll con­tin­u­ous even though the cen­tre has di­rected the state govern­ment to hold the elec­tions be­fore Jan­uary. Sources said that Union Home Min­istry has asked the state govern­ment to hold the Pan­chayat polls be­fore Jan­uary. Although, the state elec­tion of­fice has started the process for the re­vi­sion of elec­toral rolls but the PDP is not sure about hold­ing the polls.

The BJP Na­tional Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Ram Mad­hav dur­ing his re­cent visit to the val­ley, asked the party cadre to gear up for the Pan­chayat elec­tions. In one of the party meet, he told the party work­ers that Pan­chayat polls would be held be­fore the win­ter.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Mad­hav met se­nior se­cu­rity of­fi­cials and dis­cussed with them se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the val­ley. "Mad­hav also dis­cussed with them about the Pan­chayat polls. He asked them to en­sure peace­ful elec­tions if polls are held be­fore win­ter," a BJP leader said.

He said that BJP was eye­ing Pan­chay­ats in the val­ley af­ter form­ing coali­tion govern­ment in the state.

BJP State Pres­i­dent Sat Sharma said that party work­ers and lead­ers have geared up for the Pan­chayat polls.

"The Pan­chayat polls should be held as soon as pos­si­ble in the state. The BJP will field its can­di­dates in all three re­gions of the state and we are sure that peo­ple will vote for us," Sharma said.

He said that BJP has gained a lot of ground for the last few years in Kash­mir. "BJP will field its can­di­dates in all elec­tions in Kash­mir in the fu­ture," he said.

It has been learnt that party lead­ers are also lur­ing big wigs that in­clude the for­mer bu­reau­crats, politi­cians, re­tired po­lice of­fi­cers, who have good foot­ings in their re­spec­tive ar­eas and ask­ing them to cam­paign in favour of BJP can­di­dates.

Se­nior PDP

leader and Min­is­ter for Pan­chay­ati Raj, Ab­dul Haq Khan, said that no de­ci­sion has been taken so far about hold­ing of Pan­chayat polls. "The polls would be held af­ter im­pro­vi­sa­tion in the sit­u­a­tion," Khan said.

An of­fi­cial at the State Elec­tion Of­fice said no de­ci­sion has been taken about the Pan­chayat polls. "A rul­ing party does not want polls be­fore March next year. The State Elec­tion Of­fice can't take de­ci­sion on its own," he added.

The state elec­tion of­fice can't take the de­ci­sion on Pan­chayat polls in Jammu and Kash­mir un­less gets a nod from the state govern­ment in ab­sence of State Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

The pan­chay­ats com­pleted their term in July last year. Elec­tions to pan­chay­ats were last held in April-may 2011 dur­ing Omar Abdullah led Na­tional Con­fer­ence-con­gress regime af­ter a gap of 37 years. The govern­ment post­poned th­ese polls for sev­eral times in the last two year.

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