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Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering his address at the National Panchayati Raj Day function, in New Delhi on April 24, 2015.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hailed the contribution of women in the functioning of village panchayats across the country but called for an end to the practice of husbands of female sarpanches, "Sarpanch Pati", exercising undue influence.

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