None of the Panchayti Raj representatives resigned: Officials

Shah Abbas

SRINAGAR

Officials said that they have not received any resignation from any of the Panchayti Raj representatives after the killing of two Sarpanchs and a Lambardar in South Kashmir during the recently concluded Lok Sabha election.

“There is an official way of resigning but so far we have not received any such resignations,” sources in the divisional commissioner’s office told Kashmir Life adding, “Some of the Sarpanchs and Panchs have just disassociated themselves through posters, local media and announcements in the mosques.” However they clarified, “Their disassociation cannot be termed as resignations.”

Sources said that none of the Sarpanchs and panchs has followed the official way for resigning.

Pertinently after Tral killings just ahead of the Lok Sabha polls by the hands of unidentified gunmen, a number of Panchayati Raj representatives from Kashmir announced their disassociation by means of posters and advertisements in the local media.

Panchs and Sarpanchs in several Tral villages including Chandripora, Gulshanpora, Nowpora and Amlar reportedly announced their “disassociation”.

The posters read: “We have nothing to do with any political party nor do we intend to participate in any election process. We were misled that Panchayat elections are only meant for addressing local issues. It was a mistake on our part and we apologize for that.”

Pertinently, Panchs and Sarpanchs were elected in 2011. The elections were held on non-party basis but later the elected members affiliated with different unionist parties.

Meanwhile, fear has further gripped among the elected Panchs and Sarpanchs after the killing of another Sarpanch in Wanpoh, Kulgam two days back.

Reacting to the recent killing, All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC), the representative body of the state’s Panchs and Sarpanchs, said it was waiting for a probable change of government in New Delhi before they may decide to resign en-mass in protest.

AJKPC has called a meeting of its general body on May 16, when results  of the recently concluded Lok Sabha election is set to be announced, to decide its “move for security” in response to the killings of Panchayat members.

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