SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday said elections for the local bodies would be held soon to “guarantee devolution of powers to the principal stakeholders at the grassroots level”.
However, as per reports it was the government which deferred these elections as it was apprehending a rout, especially after it failed to provide succor to the flood-hit people.
As per the earlier schedule, elections for the local bodies were to be held this month. The reports had said that both PDP and its partner in government, BJP, had agreed to defer the polls.
On Monday, however, Mufti said it was a “travesty of justice that elections to these vital organs of democracy were delayed at one pretext or the other. “Only a few people get elected to the Legislative Assembly while local-self government institutions provide opportunity to a large number to represent people in a democracy,” he said while replying to a question in the Legislative Council to a clubbed question regarding Panchayati Raj Institutions, raised by MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga.
Mufti said that people should be made equal partners in the state’s development mission. “The government is committed to transfer power from the high offices to the people on the ground. The electoral rolls are being revised and I assure you that elections will be held very shortly,” he said.
Mufti said the state needs to take a leaf out of the functioning of municipal corporations in other big metros like Mumbai, which are functioning as vibrant self-sustaining institutions.