Panchayat Conference To Contest On All 280 DDC Seats

Srinagar: All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference on Monday announced to field independent candidates on all 280 seats of District Development Councils (DDCs) to keep the “jobless” mainstream politicians at bay.

Addressing a news conference here, J&K Panchayat Conference Chairman Shafiq Mir said that they have decided to field independent candidates on all 280 DDC seats for which the poll preparations are at final stage.

“By making an amendment in J&K Panchayati Raj Act, government has opened a door for the entry of politicians in this institution at third stage. But we will not allow them to enter in our institution,” Mir said. He added that the decision has been arrived at, after weeklong consultations with the Panchayat leaders of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mir said that Panchayat Conference will not allow the politicians to enter in their institution because they always opposed PRI system in Jammu and Kashmir. He said after boycotting first and second tier of Panchayat elections held in 2018 and 2019, the third and final stage door has been opened for them.

“Now, when they felt they have been sidelined and left jobless they are preparing to enter in this institution but we will not allow them to succeed,” he said, adding “We have decided to field candidates on all the seats as independent candidates and we will not allow politicians to enter in this institution,”

Urging the educated youth to participate in these elections, Panchayat Conference Chairman said that their past policy of boycott has brought only irrelevant lot in the institutions.

“The educated youth should realize that they have been always misguided by the politicians with the false promises and they should take part in these local developmental institutions and serve the people,” he added.

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