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Congress to contest Panchayat, Municipal elections: Mir


Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) today announced that it will participate in the upcoming Panchayat and Municipal elections in the State, saying that the decision was taken to keep the communal forces away.

“Keeping this in mind, Congress party has decided to participate in these elections,” Mir said, adding that the party wants that the elections must be free and fair, if at some point of time, the party feels that elections are not being conducted in a fair manner, then the party after assessing the situation will have no hesitation to take a call.
The Congress president said that the current political and security situation in the Valley is the outcome of the “pro BJP policies” of the PDP. “Fighting Kargil elections, simultaneously boycotting ULB elections is something which would find no takers in the State, simply it makes no sense, it is just a political gimmick to regain the lost ground on the part of PDP”, he said.
“The party believes that under the grim situation prevailing in the Valley all mainstream political and other secular forces must unite to defeat the designs of BJP and RSS. We also believe that election boycott by few regional parties was a deliberate and considered effort to provide space to BJP and RSS in these elections, otherwise there was no reason for these parties to boycott the elections after contesting Kargil Hill Development Council elections, very recently,” Mir said.