No question of incorporating 73rd amendment in JK: Omar

Plays Down Threat To Panchayat Members


Jammu, Nov 5: Much to the dismay of ruling coalition partner Congress, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today ruled out any possibility of extending the 73rd amendment of Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Jammu and Kashmir has the distinction of having a separate Constitution,” Omar told media persons here after opening of Durbar Move offices. “Why should we implement 73rd amendment when we have our own Constitution? We definitely intend to incorporate certain provisions of the Central Act but there is no question of extending the Constitutional amendments to the State,” he said adding that the State Government has already conveyed its decision to the Centre. Downplaying the threat of Hizb chief Sayed Salahuddin to panchayat representatives, Omar asserted that the threat doesn’t hold any ground as Salahuddin had earlier supported the panchayat elections.
He said the State Government can’t provide security to nearly 33,000 panchs and sarpanchs individually but the Government was geared up to deal with any threat perception.
“We never said that we will provide security to each and every panch and sarpanch- we had said that whenever there is a threat assessment and we feel that there is need to do more - we will do that,” Omar said.
“...Each of us knows today's situation in JK - there is no militancy in most areas of Jammu- so there is no threat to panchs and sarpanchs,” Omar said.
“In Jammu region, there are three districts where there will be presence of around 30-40 militants-- not more than that-- in this situation there is no question of providing security to each and every panch and sarpanch,” he said.
“As far as Kashmir is concerned, there are some areas which are militancy affected-- where Central and State intelligence agencies will do on-ground threat perception assessments-- after that if we have to take further steps-- we will take them but it will not be made public", the Chief Minister said.
Omar said, "Nothing has changed since the previous attacks. In terms of what Sayed Salahuddin has said regarding Panchayati Raj Institutions-- unfortunately his own tune has changed."
"If I remember correctly after the first few phases of (panchayat) elections, he (Salahuddin) was the one who said that there will be no threats made to the panchs and sarpanchs and elections will go ahead without any sort of threat", the Chief Minister said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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