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BJP demands early panchayat polls in Tirap

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Itanagar, Apr 16 (UNI) The BJP in Arunachal has demanded the state government to hold panchayat polls in Tirap district immediately to enable people enjoy the fruits of development and for exercising their privileges and democratic rights at the grassroots.

BJP vice president Wangman Lowangcha told newsmen here last evening that the absence of Panchayat Raj system in Tirap district has resulted in large-scale misuse of central funds allocated under various schemes.

Referring to the rampant misutilisation of fund under Department of Tirap and Changlang (DoTC) meant for development at the grassroots level, Lowangcha called for minimizing the corruption through immediate conduct of Panchayat polls under the three-tier Panchayati Raj system as is being followed in 15 other districts of the state.

When his attention was drawn to the government's claim in the Assembly recently that the people of the district preferred the existing system of chieftainship rather than panchayati raj and has adopted a wait and watch policy, Mr Lowangcha said the chieftainship was a dictatorial system and was almost abolished.

The party further demanded the state government to bring a legislation for amendment to the Arunachal Pradesh Panchyat Raj Act, 1997 and further stated that election of chairpersons of Anchal Samity and Gram Panchayat should be entrusted to state election commission immediately.

The BJP also demanded that shifting allegiance from one party to another, be incorporated in the legislation.

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