Coordination panel meet ends inconclusively
Sharma Not Present; Another Meeting Soon
Srinagar, June 20: The meeting of the Coalition Coordination Committee remained inconclusive Wednesday following differences among the allies National Conference and Congress over conduct and timing of Block Development Council and Legislative Council elections.
Sources told Greater Kashmir that the coordination panel met under the chairmanship of state Congress president Prof Saifuddin Soz this evening and discussed the holding of elections to Block Development Councils as well as for four vacant seats of the Legislative Council.
While chairmen for 143 BDC would be elected by 35,000 voters i.e, 1966 Sarpanchs and 13,760 Panchs in Jammu province and 2164 Sarpanchs and 15,959 Panchs in Kashmir province, they (Sarpanchs and Panchs) will also cast their votes to elect four members of Legislative Council.
Sources disclosed that coalition partners failed to arrive at any decision on the timing of holding BDC and LC elections owing to their divergent take on these issues.
“Owing to these differences, the meeting ended inconclusively,” they said, adding that allies decided to meet again within a week to resolve the contentious issues.
Pertinently all preparations for holding BDC elections have been completed by the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). However, the Election Commission of India has sought some clarifications from CEO’s office over LC elections.
Although the names of probables for the vacancies in several Commissions were also discussed during today’s meeting, but nothing was decided over the selection, sources added.
Besides Soz, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Minister for Finance Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Rural Development and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Sagar and senior NC legislator Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan were present at the meeting. However, another member of the panel, Mangat Ram Sharma did not attend the meet as he had reportedly expressed his inability to turn up on the short notice. Sharma’s request for deferring the meet went unheeded.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Jun 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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