J&K Block Development Council Polls Likely to be Held Next Month

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New Delhi: Block Development Council (BDC) elections will likely be conducted in Jammu and Kashmir next month. The polls will be completed before the state is formally declared a Union Territory on October 31.

The schedule of the polls will be announced in a day or two. Several other reports have, however, said that the elections are likely to be held within this month.

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These elections will be seen as the first test of the government’s claim of normalcy in Kashmir. It will also test the popularity of Modi government’s decision to scrap J&K’s special status.

However, given that the leader and ground-level workers of the region’s major political parties, including the National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party, are being held in detention participation in the polls remains to be seen.