Congress today announced that it will boycott upcoming Block Development Council elections in J&K. The development comes at a time when October 9 is the final date to file nomination for the local body polls in the Valley state which will become a separate Union territory on October 31. It also said many of its party leaders are also under detention.
“We have come to realize that these elections (Block Development Council elections) are being held to ease only one party- ruling party. Our leaders are under detention,” Congress leader Ghulam Ahmad Mir said. He added that the Election Commission should have consulted all parties.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had earlier announced that the J-K BDC polls will hold in 310 blocks on October 24 and the counting of votes will also take place on the same day.
As per the CEC, a candidate can only spend Rs 2 lakh on the campaign for the polls, and 172 out of 316 seats reserved for SC, ST, and women.