J&K govt doubtful on conducting Panchayat polls: PDP

Accusing the state government of de-establishing democratic institutions, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Friday said the intention of the ruling coalition was not clear about holding Panchayat elections in the State.

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 19:56 PM IST

Jammu: Accusing the state government of de-establishing democratic institutions, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Friday said the intention of the ruling coalition was not clear about holding Panchayat elections in the State.

Addressing a party meeting in Nagrota assembly segment
near here, PDP leaders alleged that state government is not
interested in conducting Panchyat elections because leaders of
the ruling coalition are not interested in decentralizing
decision making power at village level, a release said here.

Accusing the government headed by the Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah for postponing civic bodies elections without
any reason, they said there was no chance that this regime would conduct Panchayat elections in near future.
Party leaders, including PDP vice-president T S Bajwa
and general secretary Thakur Balbir Singh said it was only
during the regime of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed that elections of
the civic bodies were conducted and democratic institutions
were revived at local level, the release said.

"Despite all odds, PDP led regime had conducted local
bodies elections to empower the people," they pointed out and
alleged that the present dispensation has been trying to grab
such institutions through undemocratic means.
"We will not allow this government to accomplish its
nefarious designs of sabotaging democratic institutions," the
PDP leaders said, according to the release.

PTI