Don’t link Panchayats with politics  : Shafiq Mir


JK News Today

Jammu, December 29: Rejecting separatists boycott call to Panchayat elections in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) an amalgam body of ex-Panchayat members of the state have made it clear that they will contest the Panchayat elections in the state and would not bow before any pressure saying that Panchayats have nothing to do with  any kind of political ideology .

In a statement issued here in response to the boycott call given by separatist leaders, Shafiq Mir chairman All Jammu and Kashmir said that this (Panchayats) is apolitical and community institution and has nothing to do with any kind of politics in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is pertinent to mention here that government of Jammu and Kashmir have announced to hold Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir in the month of February 2018.

In a detailed statement issued here at winter capital Jammu, AJKPC chief Shafiq Mir has asked all the political parties not to link these elections with any kind of political ideology saying that Panchayats are just a community institution and local governance body which makes no law and has nothing to do with politics . He said if any political party links these elections with any kind of political ideology will be responsible for the safety and security of Panchayat members.

Mir said in similar fashion, the separatist leaders should not link this institution with their political ideology. Questioning the logic behind the boycott call given by separatists, Mir said then these leaders should ask all their relatives  resign from the government services from all the positions adding that this is a conspiracy of separatists to keep the people away from the process and pave the way for a particular political party so that they can field their proxy candidates and win easily .

Mir has appealed the youth of the state in particular and reasonable people of the society in general to take active part and bring the clean people in the system . He said people should not loose this opportunity and must curtail the role of politicians at grass root level by electing the honest bodies at grass root level

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