Court cases held up Panchayat polls: Former Assam CM

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Guwahati, Dec 19 (UNI) Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today said that Panchayat elections could not be held in his tenure due to pending court cases against holding of the local polls in certain areas.

Talking to reporters here after releasing the manifesto of his party Asom Gana Parishad(Progressive)[AGP(P)] for the coming Panchayat polls, he said, ''It is not true that I had failed to hold Panchayat elections when I was the Chief Minister, as is now being stated by the ruling Congress.

He noted that the Bodo and Tiwa tribes had filed court cases against holding of Panchayat polls in their respective areas and by the time the court had dispensed the cases and paved way for the local polls, the general elections had been declared.

On his party's poll plank for the coming election, Mr Mahanta said they would focus on the massive financial irregularities in the Panchayati Raj institutions.

He also assured of transparent financial scrutiny in all Panchayats, where the AGP(P) has been voted to power, which forms a thrust area of the party's manifesto.

Mr Mahanta also laid stress on decentralization of power and said the AGP(P) would work towards the end.

UNI

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