Doubt if panchayat polls are on track: Mir

J&K Cong. to clear its stand next week
Jammu and Kashmir Congress president G.A. Mir on Saturday expressed doubt over the holding of panchayat and local bodies elections in the State, saying the party would clear its stand after a review meeting next week.
He said the administration had announced the panchayat and local bodies elections without taking on board the political parties in the State.
“Yesterday [Friday], the administration set up a high-level committee to review the ground situation. I feel the elections will be postponed on some pretext or other whether it is rain, snow or winter,” Mr. Mir said. “The Governor has announced the panchayat election in the first week of next month but till date neither any notification nor any other exercise was undertaken by the State Election Commission. The high-level team announced by the Governor has also not given any time frame to submit its report, which, I think, is time-delaying tactics,” Mr. Mir said.
The government had constituted two separate committees on Friday to ensure smooth inter-departmental coordination to facilitate conduct of elections to municipal bodies and panchayats.
“Let the Election Commission issue a notification and set the process in motion. Congress will come out with its official stand,” the State Congress chief said.
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