SYED AMJAD SHAHJammu, Nov 21:
The Coordination Committee of ruling PDP-BJP alliance Tuesday agreed to delay the panchayat polls in the State till March 2018.
The Coordination Committee meeting was chaired by senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh at his residence, here.
The meeting was attended by Revenue Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri, senior PDP leaders Sartaj Madni, Dillawar Mir, Tarlok Singh Bajwa while BJP was represented by Jugal Kishore, Shamsher Singh Manhas, and Narinder Singh Raina.
Sources told Rising Kashmir that the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.
The meeting disused several issues related to the functioning of the government and ensuring coordination at various levels, they said.
It was the first meeting of coordination committee of the ruling alliance after the demise of former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in January last year.
Sources said the BJP leaders stressed for rotation of reservation of assembly constituencies.
“Rotation of reserved constituencies is must and it is long pending demands of the people. The government should take a decision on it,” sources privy to the meeting quoted BJP leaders as saying.
They said the members of the coordination committee agreed to meet again before the beginning of budget session of State Assembly.
“Next coordination committee meeting will be held in December-ender,” they said.
Sources said both the parties agreed to defer the holding of Panchayat elections till March 2018.
The meeting also discussed delimitation of assembly constituencies, they said.
“We want to implement the delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir. We have projected our demand before our partner forcefully and they too have shown their interest,” said BJP sources.
They said BJP leaders also took up issues of border firing and rehabilitation of the border people.
“The meeting also discussed developmental issues and early completion of ongoing developmental works in the State,” they said.