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Fearing 'controversy', Govt skips PM's interaction with Panchs, Sarpanchs
2/6/2019 12:05:37 AM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Feb 5: Even as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to interact with the recently elected Panchs and Sarpanchs during his daylong visit to the state of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, the plan was dropped following alleged apprehensions that these elected representatives could create a scene.
Sources said the interactive session was dropped at the eleventh hour as there were inputs that the Panchs and Sarpanchs could raise their complaints at the meeting with the PM and that the same could bring "distaste" to the visit.
Sources said the government had got to know that some such invitees would try to corner the BJP government in New Delhi for its alleged failures in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the last five years.
Sources said the interactive session that was scheduled to last for around half hour but it had to be dropped completely.
A source in the BJP said following the inputs that these elected representatives could create a scene against the ruling party at the center, there was a proposal that Panchs and Sarpanchs belonging to the right wing party would be invited alone.
"But taking no risk and to avoid any such controversy the interactive session had to be cancelled on the whole," said the source.
Sources said initially there was a plan that over 100 of these elected representatives from the rural areas of the state would be called for the interactive session and would be allowed to put forth their views before the PM.
A senior official however downplayed the matter. He said the proposed event couldn't be held as the PM was already late from his schedule by over an hour.
Pertinently the PM was on a visit of all the three regions of the state including Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
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