'These elections are a sham': Kashmiris remain aloof, unaware of candidates even on eve of 2nd phase of polls
Some residents have decided to boycott the local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir, joining the protest by parties against the Centre's move on Article 35A.
Jammu and Kashmir local body polls, Part VI: In Srinagar, local residents file nomination papers to ensure BJP loss
In several districts in South Kashmir, the BJP's candidates won dozens of seats unopposed in the local body polls as other parties could not find nominations because of the fear of militant attacks.
Jammu & Kashmir Congress criticises National Conference for decision to boycott local polls, questions link to Article 35A
The Jammu and Kashmir Congress also urged the governor to reconsider holding the polls in this "grim situation" in the Valley.
Earlier in the day, the State Department expressed its concern about any violence in Kashmir adding that its policies on it have not changed.
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Police said at least six militants had infiltrated into the Valley from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir recently.
Beg was the National Conference candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha election but lost by over 40,000 votes to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti from Anantnag.
Ruling out any pre-poll alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP said it will contest in all the 87 Assembly constituencies in the upcoming Assembly polls.