NC Urges ECI To Stop Delimitation of Panchayats  

JAMMU: Describing the ongoing delimitation of Panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir as “sham”, National Conference Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday urged the Election Commission of India to intervene and “prevent the subversion and murder of democracy in the sensitive state”.

“Hugely motivated by political considerations to suit the ruling PDP-BJP coalition partners, the delimitation process also appears to be a converted attempt to seek deferment of bye-polls due for two vacant Lok Sabha seats of Anantnag and Srinagar in the Kashmir Valley as PDP has no courage to face the electorate due to loss of its credibility and disenchantment of people,” Rana said while addressing a crowded press conference at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here this afternoon.

Flanked by senior party leaders and sitting MLAs of the Jammu region, the Provincial President said, “under the garb of holding Panchayat elections, the government is possibly trying to send a message to the ECI that two processes cannot be carried out simultaneously, especially on the excuse of security environment.” He, however, hurriedly added that the Panchayat elections were far more a bigger exercise, involving all the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, compared to two parliamentary constituencies as the former will entail heavy security bandobast.

In these circumstances, he hoped the ECI will maintain its high degree of impartiality and intervene in stopping the manipulative delimitation process that will certainly betray the trust of people in democratic institutions and weaken democracy in the state.

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