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90% people in J&K keen to participate in Panchayat polls: Rajnath

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New Delhi, Oct 05:  Blaming Pakistan for the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday claimed that 90 percent people in the state would like to participate the panchayat and urban local body polls scheduled this month.

Singh said approximately 6,000 militancy incidents had taken place in Jammu and Kashmir in 1995 and the number has come down to about 360 in 2017.

“I do agree that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir should improve. But, the problem that we face is mostly because of Pakistan.

“We have always tried to improve relations with Pakistan. But the country will not mend its ways. It continues to sponsor terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said speaking at the HT Leadership Summit here.

Referring to the forthcoming elections to the panchayat and urban local bodies in Jammu and Kashmir, the Home minister claimed 90 percent people of the state would like to get involved in the poll process, which the current government has started after a long break.

When asked about the several BJP candidates getting elected to the local bodies unopposed, Singh said in the recently held panchayat elections in West Bengal, 43 percent candidates won uncontested and such things are not uncommon.

Talking about the now-snapped BJP-PDP alliance, he said both the parties had joined hands, honouring the mandate of the last State Assembly elections, but the “experiment did not succeed”.

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