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Cabinet expansion after panchayat polls in J&K: Soz

Last Updated: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 09:04

Udhampur: A Cabinet expansion is on the
cards in J&K after the conclusion of panchayat polls,
JKPCC chief Saif-uddin Soz said here on Sunday.

"After panchayat elections conclude, expansion and
reshuffle would take place in Jammu and Kashmir," Soz told
reporters here today.

He was replying to questions on filling the two
vacancies of Congress in the Omar Abdullah government.

Jammu and Kashmir is having 16-phase panchayat polls
which began on April 13 and will conclude by May end.

Soz had earlier said that Cabinet expansion will take
place after the Legislative Council polls in Jammu and Kashmir
on April 13.

Soz later met Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra at
Raj Bhawan last evening,

Soz said he discussed matters of public interest with
the Governor.

Hailing the impressive turnout in the panchayat
polls, the Congress MP said, "The people have negated
separatists and Hurriyat`s calls for boycott of panchayat
polls in the Valley.

"The people have come in large number to vote for
development and basic amenities at the grass root level," Soz
said, adding that this would strengthen democracy.

Addressing a Congress rally at Udhampur town, the PCC
chief said that the large voter turnout is an encouraging
trend and asked people to elect honest and capable people.

He hinted that elections to the local bodies would
also be held soon and asked partymen and people to gear up for

He favored necessary amendment in the laws to ensure
transparency and check malpractices in election process.


First Published: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 09:04

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