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JKNPP criticizes BJP for cheating Panchayats on 73rd amendment
10/18/2019 10:08:23 PM
Early Times Report

Basantgarh, Oct 18: Lambasting the central Govt for failing to extend all provisions of 73rd Amendment of the constitution to the state of J&K prior to holding of BDC polls, Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister today said that it was yet another treachery played with the people of the state by the BJP led govt.
He said that holding of said polls under J&K Panchayati Raj Act ran counter to the intentions of the govt expressed through abrogation of Art 370 and defeated the very objective of making Panchayati Raj system identical with the rest of the country. He was addressing public meetings in villages Mang, Punara and Khaned in Dudu-Basantgarh Block of Ramnagar constituency.
Referring to some of the distinguishing features of 73rd Amendment of Indian constitution, Singh said that it provided for direct elections of Chairmen of BDCs as opposed to indirect elections being held in the state of J&K through Sarpanches and Panches.
He said that the BJP did not find it politically expedient to follow the modus operandi as prescribed in 73rd Amendment and therefore opted for J&K Panchayati Raj model which it considered more suitable in terms of its political prospects. He further regretted the non constitution of a separate Election Commission at state level for PRIs as per the provisions of the central law. Likewise, the constitution of Finance Commission as per the mandate of the 73rd constitutional Amendment had also not found favour with the govt which wanted the Panchayats to remain dependent upon it for their financial requirements.
Alleging the violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by the BJP, Harsh Dev Singh said that the BJP President Ravinder Raina was using government machinery besides carrying truck loads of currency notes in his cavalcade for distributing them among the voters thereby providing the most glaring example of corrupt practices resorted to by the Saffron party. He appealed Election Commission to take cognizance of the blatant violation of election laws by the BJP which was desperately trying to get the favourable results in the elections by hook or by crook.
Urging upon the electorates to vote for NPP candidates in the BDC polls, Singh said that Panthers Party alone could satisfy the urges and aspirations of rural folk. He said that the past five years of BJP rule had witnessed complete disregard of remote and far-flung villages and it was appropriate time to give a befitting reply to those who betrayed their sentiments.
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