Srinagar, Dec 26: Congress on Tuesday welcomed the government announcement over the conduction of Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the party has raised concern over Valley’s security scenario, stating that if Parliament polls couldn’t be held, how come Panchayat elections are feasible.
The state Congress chief G.A. Mir said that any announcement made by the government over strengthening the democracy at the grassroots in a welcome measure and that the party is ready to jump into the fray with full confidence and peoples’ mandate.
However, the Congress chief apprehended the announcement as a mere political drama enacted by the present regime to hoodwink public opinion. The party while questioning government’s reluctance in holding the parliament by-polls in south Kashmir earlier this year, stated that if the polls had to be deferred due to the security situation, how come government would hold the Panchayat elections in Kashmir.
“Earlier, we heard that due to the worsening security scenario, the parliament by-polls couldn’t be held in South Kashmir. There is yet no date being discussed over when such polls would be held. In that case, how come the government would be able to hold the panchayat polls in the entire state,” State Congress chief G.A.Mir said.
He added that the government had to guarantee the security of the candidates who would contest the polls and have to assure the political groups that no untoward incident will be allowed to take place. “If that wouldn’t be the case then it would be a mere political drama being enacted to hoodwink people,” Mir asserted.
The Congress chief added further that contest being held only for Panchs and not at the level of Sarpanch level is also questionable as Panchs don’t have the authority as much as the Sarpanchs have. (KNS)