Abdullah meets Governor, demands ‘clean’ Panchayat elections

Abdullah meets Governor, demands ‘clean’ Panchayat elections

Indirect elections of Sarpanch vitiate the essence

JAMMU: National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, met Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here Monday, and informed that his party was looking forward to the forthcoming Panchayat elections, which were long overdue.
Abdullah complained that the indirect election of the Sarpanch shall vitiate the essence of the Panchayati Raj institutional framework. He also demanded that full details of the delimitation of Panchayats recently done by the State Government should be placed in the public domain. He stressed the need for all the candidates being provided effective security and the sanctity of Gram Sabhas being strictly maintained till the elections were concluded.
Abdullah expressed serious concern and warned about the lack of required action to prevent the rapid pace at which drug smuggling and trafficking were spreading in the State. He also complained about the virtual stoppage of registration of residents under the Aadhar Card scheme and complained that those who are without such identity cards are facing serious problems in carrying out their day to day businesses.


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