Jammu and Kashmir BDC election: Candidates file nominations in Kathua; Congress to boycott 24 Oct polls

  • Candidates filed nomination in Kathua for the upcoming BDC elections scheduled to be held on 24 October in Jammu and Kashmir

  • The Congress party announced that it would boycott the BDC elections

  • Amit Shah held a meeting with state BJP leaders to take stock of ground situation in Kashmir valley and discuss preparedness ahead of BDC elections

Kathua: Candidates filed nomination in Kathua on Wednesday for the upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) elections scheduled to be held on 24 October in Jammu and Kashmir. The Congress party announced on Wednesday that it would boycott the BDC elections.

 Jammu and Kashmir BDC election: Candidates file nominations in Kathua; Congress to boycott 24 Oct polls

Candidates file nominations for BDC elections in Kathua. ANI

"We have come to realise that these elections (Block Development Council elections) are being held to facilitate only one party, ruling party. Our leaders are under detention. We have no other option but to announce that we are boycotting the election," Congress leader Ghulam Ahmad Mir said while addressing a press conference.

Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday had reviewed the ground situation of Jammu and Kashmir during a meeting with state BJP leaders, sources said. The meeting was conducted to take stock of the ground situation in Kashmir valley and discuss preparedness ahead of BDC elections.

Several prominent leaders of the Jammu and Kashmir unit of BJP were present in the meeting. Shah, in the meeting, directed the BJP leaders in Jammu and Kashmir to put all possible efforts to restore normalcy and peace in the Valley. He asked the leaders to support administration towards the reopening of schools and other educational institutions in the region and start outreach programs to bring people at ease, sources said.

Updated Date: Oct 10, 2019 10:23:58 IST