Process for revision of electoral rolls begins
Suspense continuous over Panchayat polls
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.
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.