73rd Amendment: NC, Cong Say Row Over

Agreed to incorporate provisions of 73rd amendment: Sagar

SRINAGAR:  A day after Rahul Gandhi advised Omar Abdullah to implement 73rd amendment, Medical Education Minister and senior Congress leader Taj Mohiudin Friday said that Rahul may not have been informed by State Congress that matter had been already resolved and National Conference has agreed upon that good provisions of Indian Panchayati Raj Act would be incorporated in J&K Panchayati Raj Act.

Taj said that there is no confusion on the issue now and it has already been resolved during Coordination Committee meeting. “I don’t say there is communication gap between State Congress and Congress High Command, but one thing is clear that Rahul Gandhi was not informed that matter has already been resolved. If he would have been informed, Mr Gandhi would have never advised Omar Abdullah to implement 73rd amendment,” Taj said.

He said it is a wrong notion that Congress wanted to implement 73rd amendment in the State. “Our submission was that some good provisions of 73rd amendment should be incorporated in Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act and National Conference has now agreed upon this. Our State Panchayati Raj Act is the best act but in order to empower Panchayati Raj Institutions, incorporation of some of the good provisions of 73rd amendment had become inevitable,” he said.

Taj further said that National Conference has agreed that District Chairman would not be a Minister but an elected fellow.

Confirming this, Panchayati Raj Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar said that the issue has been resolved and some of the good provisions of 73rd amendment would be incorporated in State Panchayati Raj Act. “There will be no direct application of 73rd amendment but only its good provisions would be incorporated. There will be separate election commission and district chairman would be nominated through election,” Sagar said adding that the row is over now. (CNS)

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