PDP welcomes deferment of Panchayat by-polls

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/20/2020 11:23:03 AM

SRINAGAR, Feb 19: PDP has welcomed the deferment of Panchayat by-polls for over 12,500 vacant panchayat seats
PDP leader Firdous Tak said that holding of Panchayat elections is not equivalent to restoration of the political process.
He said conducting Panchayat polls at this juncture is a futile exercise.
He alleged that the exercise was meant to give a cake walk to the ruling BJP.
"There is no alternative to political process. Political process is possible when you stop equating dissent with sedition," Tak said.
The notification for the deferment of Panchayat polls has cited the home department’s advice to the election authority to consider deferring of the conduct of polls based on credible inputs from law enforcement agencies.
Panchayat elections were last held in J&K in 2018 that were boycotted by PDP and National Conference.



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