No panchayat member has resigned: J&K govt

Three days after at least a dozen panchayat members in Kashmir announced their resignation through media after militant threats, Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday claimed no one has resigned.

“Such reports are baseless and mischievous. Chief minister (Omar Abdullah) has taken up the issue of threats issued by unknown elements against panchayat members with the security agencies,” said Ali Mohammad Sagar, minister for rural development and panchayati raj.

“I am the concerned minister and I can tell you we have not received any resignations from any panchayat member whatsoever,” he added.

Sagar also said the government has asked police to take necessary measures to find out the truth behind the threats and ensure safety and security of panchayat members.

Members of panchayats and sarpanches (village heads) started to resign from their posts announcing it through paid advertisements in vernacular dailies.

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