CPI(M) decides not to participate in ULB, Panchayat polls: says the BJP-led NDA dispensation going ahead with elections shows arrogance

Srinagar:Keeping the prevailing situation in consideration, the CPI (M) has decided not to participate in Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections, the Communist Party of India (M) said the Government’s decision to go ahead with elections despite majority of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir deciding to boycott it shows the arrogance of the BJP-led NDA dispensation.

The National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have already announced to boycott these polls, while the Congress said the atmosphere is not conducive for it.
The representatives of political parties had raised some issues, including linking of these elections by both the Central and State governments with the plea in Supreme Court on the issue of Article 35A and the special status of the state, state secretary of the CPI-M Ghulam Nabi Malik said in a statement here on Monday afternoon.
He said it was wrong on behalf of the Government to use polls as a reason to seek deferment of Article 35A in the SC.
The political parties had also urged the Centre to clear its stand over Article 35A before announcing ULB and Panchayat elections.

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