JD-U to contest civic, panchayat polls in J-K

Guv asks administration to provide adequate security to candidates
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19 Sep 2018

The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Wednesday announced its participation in the upcoming municipal and panchayat polls, but demanded adequate security for its candidates.
"We are going to fight the urban local body and panchayat polls, and our candidates in north Kashmir's Kupwara and Baramulla districts have already started getting forms from the authorities concerned," JD-U state president G M Shaheen told reporters here. "We appeal to Governor Satya Pal Malik to ensure adequate security to the candidates including our party activists and ensure free-and-fair polls." Shaheen accused the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party of playing politics by boycotting the elections. "Otherwise, why did the two parties took part in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council polls?" he asked.
"They know the people are fed up with them and took the escape route... If they believe in what they say, then they should boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls as well. But I know they will not do that and will be in the forefront during those elections."  Referring to his rallies in the Jammu region, the JD-U leader said people were very happy that the polls were taking place after a very long time, but were "angry" at the PDP and BJP for their alleged failure on all fronts during their coalition rule. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik today asked the police and civil administration officials to provide adequate security cover to candidates contesting the municipal and panchayat elections in the state.
Addressing a day-long conference of deputy commissioners and superintendents of police, Malik advised them to spread awareness among the people about the importance of the polls in strengthening grass-roots democracy and holistic development of towns and villages, an official spokesperson said. The governor also advised them to ensure adequate security cover to the contesting candidates and to ensure that the elections were conducted in a free-and-fair manner.
Malik advised the district police officers to take care of public sensitivities while dealing with law-and-order issues, and ensure that minimum inconvenience is caused to people during their operations. The Governor stressed crucial importance of strengthening grievance redressal mechanism by the district administrations and urged all the DCs to mark one day in a week exclusively for hearing grievances followed by their early disposal.