Conduct of BDCs polls without 73rd Amendment; AJKPC in dismay

Straight Line News Network

Jammu, Oct 01: All Jammu Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) has expressed its dismay over the decision of Election Authority to hold elections to Block Development Councils (BDCs) without implementing all the provisions of 73rd Amendment of Indian Constitution and requested the Union Government to reconsider its decision.

The AJKPC has decided to take genuine feedback from all elected Sarpanchs and Panchs of Jammu and Kashmir to decide the future course of action.

“We had appealed to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K to defer the BDCs polls till J&K gets the status of Union Territory (UT). After October 31, all central laws will simultaneously be applicable in J&K, thereby paving a way to hold elections to the BDCs on the pattern of 73rd Amendment to ensure maximum participation of the people but unfortunately the Election Authority has ignored the genuine demand of the people,” Anil Sharma, AJKPC president said in a statement issued while reacting to the formal notification for BDCs polls issued by the J&K CEO on Tuesday.

Sharma said, “The constitution of BDCs without implementing the provisions of 73rd Amendment will prove meaningless and it has caused strong resentment among Panchayat members as it will deny the larger participation of the people in this important electoral exercise”.

“We have decided to seek feedback from all the elected Panchayat members from across Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The Sarpanchs and Panchs can give their suggestion by sending SMSs or call on mobile number 9419186510 to take a call on the future course of action,” the AJKPC leader said.

Sharma also raised the issue of over 55 per cent reservation of BDCs for various categories of people. “The cumulative reservation of BDCs out of the total 310 Councils for various categories including women, ST women, SC women, SC open and ST open comes over 55 per cent which is not only unconstitutional but also the violative of court directive,” the AJKPC state chief said.

He appealed to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik to personally intervene into the matter and reconsider the decision of holding BDCs polls without implementing all provisions of 73rd Amendment and with over 55 per cent reservation of BDCs.