Poonch, October 11(Scoop News)-National Conference senior leader and Jammu Kashmir Panchayati Raj minister on Thursday categorically refused to implement 73rd amendment of Indian constitution regarding Panchayati raj in the state of Jammu and Kashmir during an official panchayat convention convened by government in border district Poonch on Thursday. Interestingly, he made his refusal comment in presence of his coalition partner minister Vikar Rasool Wani and other congress leaders present on the occasion.
In fact, NC minister Ali Mohammad Sagar was forced to speak on the issue when Chairman All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Confrence (AJKPC), Shafiq Mir raised the issue of 73rd amendment during his speech on the occasion saying that the empowerment of PRIs in the state of Jammu and Kashmir was not possible until and unless 73rd amendment of Indian constitution is not implemented in the state . Mir also said that though the government had done a great job by conducting the Panchayat elections in the state of Jammu and Kashmir , but the institution has failed due to the non empowerment .
However, Mir clarified it that the credit of the successful panchayat elections goes only to those who had taken part in it despite the security threats, not to any of the political party as the Panchayat elections were held in the state non political basis .
In his speech, while replying to the points raised by AJKPC chief Shafiq Mir, NC leader Ali Mohammad Sagar said that 73rd amendment can not be implemented in the state citing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir . This he said in presence of the Congress minister Vikar Rasool Wani . After the convention, taking to media persons , Shafiq Mir said that now it was the responsibility of Congress party to clear its position on 73r amendment which has been in the manifestoes of the party in the last two assembly elections . “ When NC has clearified its position , now it is the responsibility of Congress to clear the position on the issue”, said AJKPC chairman .
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