PDP to boycott of municipal and panchayat polls , says Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti
CM Mehbooba Mufti, File Photo

Srinagar, Sep 10 : PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti  said her party will not contest the upcoming municipal and panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir as”sword of Article 35A dangling on the heads”of people .

After the National Conference, the People’s Democratic Party said it will not contest the upcoming municipal and panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir as Article 35A case in Supreme Court has created apprehensions in the minds of people and asked the government to review its decision to hold elections amid an atmosphere of insecurity.

“There is a sense of insecurity among the people of the state with the sword of Article 35A dangling on our heads,” She said the party had unanimously decided to stay away from the electoral exercise.

“The party urges the government to review its decision to hold local body elections at this time against the will of the people, and instead focus on confidence-building measures,” the former Chief Minister told reporters here.

PDP chif said that the “situation linking panchayat polls to 35A case in Supreme Court has created apprehensions in minds of people.”

Looking at this situation we have decided to stay away from this process, she added.

A dissident PDP MLA, Javaid Beigh, who represents Baramulla Assembly, was present at the meeting chaired by Mehbooba Mufti.

But five other PDP MLAs including Haseeb Drabu, Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari, Abdul Majeed Padder and Abbas Wani did not attend the meeting.

The National Conference has already announced a boycott of the elections.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has announced that the elections to urban local bodies in the state will be held between October 1 and 5 and to the Panchayats between November 8 and December 4.

Article 35A of the Constitution prohibits outsiders from owning land and property in Jammu and Kashmir.

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