‘WE WILL NOT ALLOW JOBLESS POLITICIANS TO ENTER PANCHAYATS'
Kashmir Life|November 14, 2020
Shafiq Mir, Chairman All J&K Panchayat Conference, tells Hirra Azmat
Hirra Azmat

KASHMIR LIFE (KL): What is the role of Panchayat after the abrogation of article 370?

SHAFIQ MIR (SM): There is no change in the role of Panchayats after the read down of Article 370. Since there is no elected government in place, we are the only public representatives. Only Panchayats are working like a bridge between government and the public. Whatever issues and grievances, the public faces presently, it is being delivered through us to the central government.

KL: In the upcoming Panchayat polls are you contesting as independents or as affiliated with parties?

SM: In the upcoming district development council elections, we will be fielding independent candidates on all 280 DDC seats for which the preparation for the elections are at the final stage.

KL: Are you going to conduct any rallies or any form of public canvassing? Have you outlined areas?

SM: Yes, we will conduct some rallies where ever required. We cannot yet divulge the details as there are candidates from the sensitive areas. Depending upon the security situation and candidate preferences, we will conduct rallies accordingly.

KL: How do you counter the notion that Panchayats have sided with the BJP led government and betrayed the common people?

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