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.
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.