Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam said at an ‘awami darbar’ at Kulgam on Monday that the panchayat and municipal body elections would be as per schedule.
“Panchayat polls are on, urban local bodies polls are on. A decision was taken in July. Voter list drafts have been printed and finalized. In few days, actual notification will be issued by the CEO. Panchayat elections will be held around Nov 5.
The CEO will notify dates for that…Within one week you will see the entire notification,” he said.
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This comes after PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti at the party meeting told reporters that owing to the prevailing situation which was unfavorable for contesting elections, the party would boycott the polls.
“We will not only boycott Panchayat elections but also Lok Sabha & Assembly elections if the Centre doesn’t clear its stand on Article 35A and Article 370,” said Abdullah.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik during a crucial meeting at Hyderpora urged people to boycott the upcoming municipal elections with the spirit of denying recognition to National Conference, PDP and other mainstream political parties who, they said, are collaborating with Government of India just to “strengthen the roots of occupation” in Jammu and Kashmir.
JRL commended people on their steadfastness and unity in strongly opposing the tinkering with hereditary state subject law being challenged in the Indian Supreme Court by anti Kashmir agencies and organisations. They said people of J&K have always stood up and resisted every move of occupation and subjugation thrust upon them.
The comments come at a time when the Supreme Court of India adjourned the hearing of petitions against Article 35-A in the Constitution to January next year.