Govt set to put off Panchayat polls; final call to be taken soon


JAMMU,Much awaited Panchayat elections in the State, scheduled to be held in May, are once again set to be put off for the time being due to postponement of Anantnag Lok Sabha by-poll, which has also resulted into delay in preparation for the elections to rural bodies, already delayed by about a year.
“There seems to be no possibility now of holding Panchayat elections in May as the Election Commission of India (ECI) has deferred to May 25 the by-poll to Anantnag Lok Sabha seat that was scheduled to be held today. However, a final call has to be taken by the Cabinet on the advice of Rural Development Ministry and taking into account law and order situation in the Kashmir valley, which was rocked by large-scale violence during Srinagar Parliamentary seat by-poll on April 9, leading to eight fatal casualties,” official sources told the Excelsior.
After deferring the election, which were earlier scheduled to be held in March in the wake of announcement of by-poll to two Lok Sabha seats of Srinagar and Anantnag by the Election Commission, the Government and the State Election Commission proposed them to hold in May after completion of Parliamentary poll process on April 15.