Rahul, Omar ‘differ’ publicly

KL Report

Lassipora

Prime Ministerial candidate of Congress, Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday categorically stressed upon J&K government to adopt the 73rd amendments of the Indian constitution so that Panchayats could be empowered. He said, “whosoever protested in Jammu during my function was right while demanding empowerment of Panchayats.” Rahul was addressing in Lassipora, Pulwama.

Earlier, Omar Abdullah revealed during his lecture that the protester in Jammu function was a worker of Panthers Party. He said that he could not understand the aim of the Panthers Party worker.

“I want to inform Rahul Sahab that one who protested against you in Jammu a day before was worker of Panthers Party,” Omar said adding “I still could not understand his aim of protesting, was he there for disruption or to belittle me.”

Answering Omar, Rahul termed the protester “right”. He said, “Whoever was the protester, I think he was rightly demanding the empowerment of Panchayats.”

He advised Omar to implement the 73rd constitutional amendment as soon as possible so that Panchayats are empowered.

The Chief Minister, during his address tried to clarify that the committee constituted for the reservations in block and district level Panchayat elections has yet not produced its report. “The empowerment of Panchayats is not only the matter of the implementation of constitutional amendments, the committee which was formed to notify the reservations for block and district level Panchayat elections, is yet to submit its report,” Omar said and added “The Panchayati Raj members also stress only for funds which is not a positive approach.”

Pertinently, Rahul is on a two day vist to Jammu and Kashmir. He attended a function in Jammu, yesterday during which some people raised anti-government slogans.

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