BJP demands empowerment of Panchayati Raj system in J&K
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Last Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011, 21:08
Jammu: BJP on Monday sat on a dharna in Jammu demanding implementation of 73rd and 74th Amendments of the Panchayati Raj, aiming at devolution of powers of planning to councils at district, block and village level, ahead of the Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Led by its national executive member and former JK BJP chief Nirmal Singh, BJP activists sat on dharna in front of the press club and accused the government of deliberately not empowering the Panchayat Raj system in the state.

"Panchayat elections should be held after implementing the 73rd and 74th amendment of Panchayat Raj system", Singh said.

The protesters said it is strange that though J&K is an integral part of India, the 73rd and 74th amendment which have been implemented in all other states, are not applicable in J&K. It is a mockery of democracy, they said.


First Published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 21:08

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