Panchayat polls should not be fought till SC dismisses petition: ANC

Panchayat polls should not be fought till SC dismisses petition: ANC
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Srinagar: Awami National Conference (ANC) senior vice president and member of JK Civil Society Coordination Committee Muzaffar Shah on Friday said that Panchayat elections must be not be fought till petition of scrapping Article 35-A is not dismissed by the Supreme Court.
Shah in a statement said that anybody filing for Panchayat elections will be socially boycotted.
He further said that though the SC didn’t grant any interim relief to the petitioners, pleading for admission to medical/engineering and other colleges to non-state subjects. “However, postponing the hearing on the main matter to January 2019 was nothing but a cosmetic treatment given to this sensitive issue,” he said.
“As Article 35-A is a sovereign guarantee given by the parliament of India and it was only the Jammu and Kashmir legislature that has the powers to modify, annuls or tinkers with this constitutional provision,” he said.
ANC vice president said that on earlier three occasions in the year 1961, 1968 and 2010, the lApex Court had dismissed similar petitions and today people of this country and in particular the people of Jammu and Kashmir expected similar ruling from SC in the future.
Shah congratulated people of Jammu and Kashmir for steadfastly uniting under one voice for dismissal of 35A petition.

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