New Delhi: The Congress party decided today to boycott the Block Development Council (BDC) elections to be held in October 24 in Jammu & Kashmir citing “indifferent” attitude of the state administration and continued detention of senior party leaders.
The BDC polls will be the first elections to be held in the state since its special status was revoked under Article 370 on 5th August, 2019. J&K Congress president G A Mir said the Congress had approached the state election commission to facilitate smooth movement of its leaders after their decision to take part in the exercise.
Mr. Mir told reporters, “The Congress believes in strengthening of democratic institutions and never shield away from any polls. But today, we are compelled to take a decision to boycott BDC polls due to indifferent attitude of the state administration and continued detention of senior party leaders in the valley.”
Mir, who was recently released from house arrest in Jammu, alleged that the state administration had deliberately created hurdles for mainstream parties in order to facilitate the win of the ruling BJP.