Municipal polls: Governor meets Rajnath Singh, briefs him about the situation

Srinagar: Amid the ongoing Municipal Polls in the state, Governor Satya Pal Malik met met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him about the law and order situation, particularly of the valley.

During the half-an-hour meeting, the governor also briefed Singh on the ongoing urban local bodies polls in Jammu and Kashmir, an official privy to the meeting said. The state is currently under the governor’s rule and Malik is the administrative head of the state.

The second phase of the four-phased urban local bodies polls was underway Wednesday.

As majority of people stayed away from polling booths in Kashmir Valley where the turnout was a paltry 8.3 per cent in the first phase of the polling Monday. Jammu and Ladakh divisions saw over 65 per cent of the electorate casting vote in the first phase of urban local body polls on Monday.

The second phase, which is underway, saw less than one percent voting in Srinagar.  In Anantnag, it was 0.6 percent. In Bandipora, it was 14.2 percent, Baramulla recorded 3.0 percent.

Meanwhile a complete shutdown is being observed in the poll bound areas on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership.

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