Jammu: BJP said on Saturday it would press for early panchayat polls at the all-party meeting to be chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today.
Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq Khan, said on Friday the meeting was called with an to seek views of all political parties on the polls.
The BJP governs the state in alliance with PDP.
A BJP state unit spokesman said its state president Sat Sharma and other leaders will represent the party at the meeting. “The BJP will press for early panchayat elections in the state,” he said after a meeting of state core committee.
The spokesman said the core committee unanimously decided that it is mandatory to hold elections in a time-bound manner which would eventually lead to the decentralisation of power.
The government had decided to hold the panchayat polls from February 15 after a meeting between Mufti and Governor N N Vohra in December.
The Joint Resistance Leadership has called for boycotting the polls while Hizbul Mujahideen last month threatened to throw acid on those who will participate in the polls.