NC, PDP will take part in Panchayat polls, have ‘realized their mistake’, says JK Guv

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday claimed that National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party have realized their “mistake” of boycotting civic polls and will be taking part in the upcoming panchayat polls.

Malik made the remarks when he was asked whether he had failed to bring two regional political parties— the National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)—on board for holding the civic polls in the state, reported news agency PTI.

He also said the state administration will try to create an atmosphere for holding talks with stakeholders in the next four to six months.

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He claimed that stone-pelting and militancy-related incidents have come down in the state.

“I carry a mandate of (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi to reach out to the people, make yourself available to them, do their work, ensure development of the state and create an atmosphere in which talks can be held,” Malik told reporters here.

“Stone-pelting and militancy-related incidents have stopped. The civic polls were also held peacefully. Our policy is bringing us good results,” he said.

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