JD(U) to play watchdog role in panchayats

The party, which is contesting only for 10 per cent of total seats, will keep tabs on corruption in administration, said party’s senior vice-president Michael Fernandes in Bangalore on Saturday.

Speaking at a press conference after releasing the party manifesto, Fernandes said the party could not field its candidates for all seats as it had “not amassed money through corruption.” The party in its manifesto states that there is a need to amend land acquisition laws to ensure that fertile land is not notified for special economic zones.

It also advocates free education for children of farmers, who possess less than five acres of land.

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