ECAS Agenda: After Farooq, Mufti decides to boycott polls in Jammu and Kashmir

Chandigarh, India: The news coming from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, after National Conference, now PDP has also decided to boycott polls in India's Occupied Kashmir. Mehbooba Mufti has said that "Keeping the sentiments of the people in a view, we have decided to not to contest local body polls". The People's Democratic Party(PDP) has been watching for a long time the political situation in the state. Due to which the party had a discussion and have decided not to contest local body polls, she claims.

Last week,  Farooq had already decided to boycott the polls due to the political rift and keeping in mind the sentiments of Kashmiri's. Syed Mohammad Lateef, the senior leader of the People's Democratic Party in Pulwama ran successful campaigns for his party in the past but couldn't find candidates this time for the upcoming local body elections.

"Everybody is scared, nobody wants to contest elections because people of the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir are extremely angry. They think the central government is their enemy and not their friend," said Mr. Lateef.
The PDP, led by former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, announced on Monday that that it will not take part in the local body elections due to an ongoing case in the Supreme Court challenging Article 35A - a law that gives natives of Jammu and Kashmir special rights and privileges - and the center's opinion that the case should be heard after the elections. The move came days after the state's other big party - the National Conference announced a boycott for the same reason

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