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NC, Congress stage walkout in JKLC on panchayat polls

JAMMU: National Conference and Congress members today staged walkout from Legislative Council protesting the alleged failure of the Government to set up a poll panel for panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice minister Abdul Haq said the unrest in Kashmir hampered the development and democratic processes that led to delay in holding the Panchayat polls as environment was not “conducive”.

Replying to a question by Congress member Ghulam Nabi Monga, he said the state government is fully committed to hold Panchayat elections by March 2017 and preparations in this regard are already on.

Elections to the municipal corporations and urban local bodies will be held afterwards, Haq said. (AGENCIES)

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