After NC, PDP announces to boycott panchayat, local body polls in JK

Srinagar: After National Conference, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said on Monday that her party has decided to boycott local body and panchayat polls in the state scheduled from next month.

Mufti also asked the government of India (GoI) to review the decision to hold elections in J&K at present. “Situation linking panchayat polls case pending in Supreme Court about Article 35A has created apprehensions in minds of people. Party, therefore, urges the government to review its decision to hold polls at this juncture,” the PDP chief reportedly said.

She added, “Looking at this situation, we have decided to stay away from this process”.

The PDP decision came during a party meeting at Mehbooba’s residence which was announced by Mehbooba herself while addressing the meeting.

Pertinently, the National Conference has already said that it will boycott the panchayat elections and even the 2019 Lok Sabha elections if the GoI does not take steps to protect Article 35A.



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