Panches and sarpanches will have a say in selection of 16 Congress candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, party vice president Rahul Gandhi told a delegation of panchayat members of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
The BJP on Wednesday alleged the NC-led government was not providing adequate security to panches and sarpanches in Jammu and Kashmir.
20 panches and sarpanches of Baramulla district quit citing "threats to their lives".
Jammu and Kashmir government will soon provide insurance cover to panches and sarpanches, Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar said here on Wednesday.
Despite threats by militant outfit Hizbul Mujhahideen, panches and sarpanches refused to resign and appealed to the govt to provide security to them.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday said "vested interests" were responsible for the recent killings of Sarpanches and Panches.
Expressing concern over killing of some sarpanches in J&K, Panchayati Raj Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo appealed to the state govt to provide adequate security to the elected panchayat members.
Congress on Thursday dismissed suggestions that it is "Omar versus Rahul" on the issue of the security of elected Sarpanches in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Panchayat members requested Rahul Gandhi to address one Maha Panchayat Meeting each in both Jammu and Kashmir regions.
BJP on Thursday said Omar Abdullah`s statement on the recent killing of sarpanches and panches smacked of an "excessively hyped political dynamism" of the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister.
Fifty panchayat members have tendered their resignations fearing for their life after the killing of a panch in North Kashmir`s Baramulla district.
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