All eyes on APM

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The government has finally accepted the demand of the Opposition that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti would chair the all-party meet to take a final call on holding of Panchayat elections in the state.
The fate of the Panchayat elections has been hanging in balance since the day the government announced that these would be held in February.
The Kashmir based parties seem uninterested as many leaders believe that situation is not conducive for the exercise. On the other hand security agencies have made it clear that they won’t be able to give security to all the contestants.
Earlier the government had announced that APM would be chaired by the Panchayati Raj Minister Abdul Haq Khan but due to Opposition exerting pressure it was decided hat Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti would chair the APM.
The Panchayat polls were scheduled to be held in July 2016. However, due to unrest in 2016 after killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and tension last year, the Panchayat polls were deferred.
The Bharatiya Janata Party on the other hand is adamant on its demand to ensure that polls are held if not in Kashmir at least in Jammu and Leh regions.
Now all the focus is on the APM which is to be chaired by the Chief Minister as all the parties would put forth their point of view and final decision would be taken accordingly.
Government’s decision to call an APM is a wise move as it wants to take all the parties on board before taking the final call. Most of the politicians and the experts believe that security situation is not conducive in the Valley and Panchayat polls should be deferred for time being.