J&K opposition parties to discuss deferment of local body, panchayat polls in Jammu

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Srinagar, Oct 02: Opposition parties of Jammu and Kashmir are all set to hold meeting in Jammu on Tuesday to discuss several issues including deferment of local body and panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir and seat-sharing issue for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections for INDIA bloc.

A senior leader, who will be part of the meeting tomorrow in Jammu said that they will discuss several issues including prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and across the country in view of the divisive policies being implemented by the present dispensation.

The meeting is being chaired by National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah at hotel Radison in Jammu at 2 pm tomorrow.

“The meeting will discuss the issue of deferment of local body and panchayat polls as is being reported by several news outlets in Jammu and Kashmir. We will also discuss seat-sharing for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls for INDIA bloc and several other issues will also be discussed that include prevailing situation in J&K and across the country,” he said.

He also said that a threadbare discussion will also take place regarding launching of mass movement against deferment of local body and panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

On being asked why three parties including Apni Party, People’s Conference and Ghulam Nabi Azad’s party were not invited to the meeting, he said that last time they had invited all these parties to all-party meeting of the opposition but they declined the invitation.

“Had we invited them for this meeting they would have turned it down again as they are under the influence of BJP and are playing hand-in glove with the present dispensation,” he said.

He further said that this meeting is against BJP and its divisive policies being implemented across the country and they will stand up against such policies and will reach out to the people at the grassroot level.

The leader also said that their doors are always open for any party and if any party wants to join them they are always welcome.

The meeting will be attended by Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti, CPI(M) senior leader M Y Tarigami, other senior leaders from Kashmir and several other parties from Jammu region.

Day after tomorrow’s meeting, the leaders will hold a meeting with civil society Jammu to discuss several social and political issues. kns

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