20 More Panchayat Members Quit In Sopore

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SRINAGAR: The spate of resignations from Sopore panchayats after the killing of a sarpanch last week shows no signs of abating as 20 more rural bodies’ representatives, including five women, quit on Wednesday.

The latest resignations take the number in the past four days to 95. The resignations are mostly announced publicly, before or through the media, with members coming out with apologies for having contested polls.

Today, fifteen panchayat members quit from Dangarpora, three from Saidapora, and two from Bharampora, saying that they did not need any security and wanted to live as ordinary citizens.

Earlier,  25 panchayat members in the northern township had quit on Sunday, followed by 27 and 13 resignations on two following days.

Sarpanch Bashir Ahmad Rathar, who quit today, said that the government had already declared that it could not provide security to rural representatives.

“Now we are being told that police and forces patrolling will be stepped up at nights in our areas,” he said.

“We cannot work amid the wave that is sweeping across Sopore,” he said.

“We had contested panchayat elections on non-political basis to serve the people. We had no idea that political parties would use us to swell crowds at their rallies,” he said. 

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