Will ensure smooth campaign: Lt Governor

Will ensure smooth campaign: Lt Governor

Lt Governer Manoj Sinha, Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, November 20

Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has assured political parties of ensuring smooth campaign for the upcoming local body elections and said the polls would go a long way in strengthening the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the UT.

Responding to a letter by CPM leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, who had raised the issue of candidates being kept away from their constituencies and not being allowed to campaign, Sinha said he has taken note of the concerns and issued “necessary instructions”.

Tarigami, a former MLA from the militancy-hit Kulgam district of south Kashmir, had informed the Lt Governor that after filing their nomination papers, the candidates were not allowed to campaign due to “perceived threat to their lives” and had been bundled in “cluster accommodation”.

Elections will strengthen PRIs

I am sure that the coming elections will go a long way in strengthening the Panchayati Raj Institutions. —Manoj Sinha, Lt Governor

“Confining candidates against their wishes has severely restricted their movement and ability to campaign. Even in some cases, they are not allowed to attend party meetings,” he said.

Tarigami said there had been instances that rival candidates were sent in the same vehicle and asked to campaign together.

“Several candidates from far-off places were sent to hotels in Srinagar soon after they filed the nomination forms last week. Not just the voters, but the families of the candidates are also concerned,” he said.

Process must be made secure, credible

Who wins and who loses, the decision must lie on the electorate. Democracy must finally win. For that the process must be made secure and credible. It is advisable not to put avoidable restrictions on the contesting candidates and instead their legitimate movement for the campaigning in their respective areas must be effectively facilitated. —Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, CPM leader

The former MLA said such arrangements were a big concern and there was a lot of dissatisfaction on ground over it.

“Who wins and who loses, the decision must lie on the electorate. Democracy must finally win. For that the process must be made secure and credible. It is advisable not to put avoidable restrictions on the contesting candidates and instead their legitimate movement for the campaigning in their respective areas must be effectively facilitated,” he said.

In his response, the L-G said, “I am sure that the coming elections will go a long way in strengthening the Panchayati Raj Institutions.”

Tarigami released his letter and Sinha’s response to the media. — PTI

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