Srinagar, Sep 19: The Congress will participate in the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir municipal and panchayat elections.
Speaking to media G.A. Mir, President of Jammu and Kashmir Congress unit, said his party had decided to take part in the polls to “keep the communal forces away”.
“If Congress is voted to power, we will build consensus to address the concerns as per legislation of the state. We will safeguard Article 35A”, he added.
The National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party have decided to boycott the elections.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) will also stay away from the polls.
While municipal elections for the two corporations of Srinagar and Jammu and 77 municipal committees are sated to be held in October, the panchayat polls across the state will take place in November-December.