Mehbooba Mufti calls for party meet to decide on panchayat, ULB elections

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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has called a meeting of her party leaders to decide on their participation in upcoming panchayat and urban local bodies polls in the state, NDTV reported.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which is headed by Mehbooba, has dropped a hint to boycott the elections until the constitutional validity of Article 35-A is protected.

The meeting is to decide about participation of PDP in the local body elections. Baring 3 MLAs & 2 MLCs all legislators are reportedly present in the meeting.

Those who didn’t participate in the meeting including Imran Raza Ansari, Abid Ansari, Abdul Majeed Paddar, Yasir Reshi and Saifudin Bhat.

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J&K’s main opposition National Conference has already announced the boycott of panchayat and urban local bodies polls unless New Delhi provides safeguards to protect 35A.

On September 8, NC’s chief Farooq Abdullah threatened to boycott Lok Sabha and assembly elections as well if the government of India doesn’t end ambiguity in its stand on Article 35-A.