Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh, 26th July, 2008:In the one-day workshop on “Panchayat Elections in Punjab – 2008” at Panjab University Chandigarh organised by the department of Political Science in collaboration with the Institute of Social Science (ISS), New Delhi,
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Minister for Cooperation, Punjab, while inaugurating a said that there were aberrations and mistakes in the recent panchayat elections in Punjab but the will of people by and large prevailed and also lauded the democratic pattern in the country, further it was far better than the neighbouring nations. He suggested that there should be simultaneous polls across the different levels so that the functioning of the government is not hampered by the implementation of the model code of conduct time and again.
Prof Partha Nath Mukherjee, ISS delivered the keynote address and compared the recent panchayat elections in Punjab and West Bengal. Others who intracted on the occasion included Dr George Mathew, Director, ISS, Prof B.S. Brar and Dr Ronki Ram, Department of Political Science, Panjab Univeristy.