Municipal polls: No question of fielding proxy candidates, says PDP

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday said that the party will not field any proxy candidate for the upcoming Panchayat and Municipal elections in the state, slated to be held from October 08, 2018.

Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), PDP chief spokesperson, Rafi Ahmad Mir while reacting to the reports about proxy candidates said, “There was no question of fielding any proxy candidate at this juncture.”

He said that the party keeping in view of the situation on ground that was created due to the Article 35-A case has already decided to boycott the upcoming elections.

PDP chief spokesperson said that the party is not against the democratic processes but at present, a war like situation has been created in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the polls.

“Several Panchayat ghars were set ablaze by unidentified persons so far. The party after thorough deliberations observed that the people at present are in no mood of Panchayat and ULB polls, therefore decided to stay away from the elections,” he said.

Mir said that the people at present are disturbed and it was imminent for the party to go with the aspirations of people.

He said that prior to the elections, the political parties have done several promises with the people but those promises have not been fulfilled. “There was a need to adopt a people-friendly policy instead of showing arrogance,” he said, adding that the people-friendly policy would bear fruit.

Meanwhile, The security agencies are chalking out a proper road map for security in the upcoming Municipal and Panchayat polls in Kashmir and candidates in volatile areas would be asked to hold rallies at designated places.

“Security forces will draw a plan to ensure trouble free panchayat polls. Designated places will be earmarked for rallies given the precarious security situation,” a senior security official said.

Both the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party, the two biggest regional political outfits have decided to boycott the elections as they have asked the Government of India to clear its stand on the issue of Article 35-A.

Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh on Monday appealed political parties in Jammu and Kashmir to participate in the upcoming Panchayat and local body polls.

On Monday, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) also decided not to participate in the polls keeping in view the prevailing situation in the valley.

State Secretary CPI(M) Ghulam Nabi Malik, in a statement said that despite majority of mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir deciding not to participate in these polls shows the arrogance of the BJP-led Central Government.

The Joint Resistance Leaders (JRL) while reiterating their call of ULB, Panchayat polls said that  it is a “political gimmick to hoodwink international community”.

(With inputs from KNS)

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