BJP-PDP Govt demolished democratic institutions in J&K: AJKPC

AJKPC leaders during a press conference at Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
AJKPC leaders during a press conference at Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 30: All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) leaders today accused the present PDP-BJP coalition Government for weakening democratic institutions in the State due to which the people have lost interest in such institutions.
Addressing media persons here today, Shafiq Mir, Chairman, AJKPC said that before initiating any election process in the State, the Government should restore J&K Panchayati Raj Act 1989 in its original form and implement 73rd amendment of Indian constitution in the State.

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He asked the BJP to clear its stand on 73rd amendment of Indian constitution regarding Panchayati Raj and let the people know where this so called nationalist party stands. Mir said they were ready to contest Panchayat elections but Government has to ensure the peaceful atmosphere for the same.
Earlier, addressing State executive body meeting of AJKPC, Shafiq Mir accused BJP-PDP Government of demolishing peace in the State by exploiting the regional, religious and political sentiments of the people. He said that both PDP and BJP took complete U turn after taking over the power due to which the people of the State have completely lost their faith in democratic exercise and institutions.
Speaking on the occasion, Anil Sharma, president of AJKPC, demanded special relief for the families of those Panchayat leaders who were killed by militants in the past five years. He informed that about 15 Sarpanches have been killed and about two dozen injured in the past five years by militants. Sharma said that the Government was responsible for all these killings as they were not provided security despite repeated requests to the concerned authorities.
Other prominent leaders who spoke on the occasion include Imtiaz Afzal Beg, Ghulam Hassan Panzoo, Bashir Ahmed Malik, Aftab Ahmed Beg, Kulbhushan Khajuria, Rajdev Singh Jamwal and Bhabhishan Singh.


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