Urban local body Elections in Jammu and Kashmir likely to be deferred: Sources

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Jammu-Kashmir local body elections scheduled to be held next month are likely to be deferred.

Quoting sources, NDTV said the elections for urban local bodies will be deferred to January.

The decision has come after two major regional parties, the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP announced boycott of the local body elections until the Centre makes its position clear on safeguarding Article 35A

“A formal decision is likely to be taken by the State Advisory Council (SAC) headed by Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik today,” it said.

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For now, there will be no change in the Panchayat elections scheduled to be held in November and December, said the report.

According to the report, the Centre wants to give time to the mainstream parties to review their decision to boycott the elections, a move seen as defeating the very purpose of holding the elections.

Interestingly, in December last year, when the PDP was an ally of the BJP in the state government, Mufti had supported the idea of holding local body polls, saying “elections to panchayats and urban local bodies will empower these institutions to not only have democratic powers but financial resources as well to undertake developmental activities at the grassroots level”.

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