Thursday, October 4, 2018

BJP wins 60 seats unopposed in volatile Kashmir; party likely to control at least 7 ULBs as NC, PDP boytcott elections






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For the primary time within the electoral history of Jammu and Cashmere, the Bharatiya Janata Party is probably going to require management of, at least, seven municipal committees in Cashmere natural depression unopposed within the elections. This comes when the 2 main regional parties — National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party — determined to boycott the urban native body polls in protest against the Centre's decide to scrap the special standing of the state.

At least sixty candidates of the BJP have won their seats unopposed, and a majority of them fall within the volatile region of south Cashmere wherever, out of twenty municipalities in 5 districts, solely four ar possible to travel to polls. The municipalities that ar possible to be headed by BJP candidates ar Devsar, Qazigund, Pahalgam, and Ashmuqam in south Cashmere, and Shopian and Sopore cities of north Cashmere.

"We have 350 candidates contesting in 600 municipal wards unfold across ten districts of the natural depression. Our sixty candidates have won while not fighting the elections. Out of them, six ar Kashmiri Pandits,” Altaf Thakur, the BJP's proponent in Srinagar, aforementioned on Tues at his workplace.

"After the primary section of nominations for elections was over, the frenzy of the candidates inflated. we have a tendency to had to pick out among dozens of candidates. individuals have reposed religion in democracy and that we can live up to their expectations," Thakur aforementioned.

The 624 wards in Jammu and {kashmir|Kashmir|Cashmere|Jammu and Kashmir|geographical ara|geographic area|geographical region|geographic region} are scheduled  to travel for the four-phase polls from eight to sixteen October.

The National Conference and PDP’s call to not fight the elections appears to own vie a giant role in surrendering these municipalities on a platter to the BJP. What has stunned several is that the Congress’ inability to field candidates in several of the seats in one among the foremost volatile seats of Sopore that is diagrammatic within the state Assembly by the Congress.


"There is an environment of concern in Sopore city and its abutting areas, particularly when a spate of mysterious killings thanks to that we have a tendency to couldn't notice any candidate," a senior Congress leader aforementioned, wish namelessness.

On twenty nine Gregorian calendar month, the largest surprise came once a former militant, Farooq Ahmad Khan, alias Saifullah, World Health Organization gave up arms below the 2010 rehabilitation policy proclaimed by the Omar Abdullah government for Kashmiri militants living in Islamic Republic of Pakistan, was elect as a candidate from recent town Srinagar town.

Khan says there's no drawback in being a former militant World Health Organization gave up the trail of violence and needs to steer a traditional life. "After I came back (from across the LoC) below the rehabilitation policy, individuals like ME are facing several hardships. Some have even committed suicide. Even kids of the many returnees weren't allowed to hitch colleges," he said.

"People would possibly raise why I fought on a BJP price tag however i might prefer to tell them that unless and till we have a tendency to have interaction with the political circumstances encompassing US, nothing are going to be resolved. and that i can work with dedication for the folks that got false hopes all told these years,” Khan aforementioned.

The municipal polls are going to be control in four phases across Jammu and Cashmere on eight, 10, thirteen and sixteen October during which sixteen,97,291 electors ar eligible to select around one,145 wards.

The biggest militant organisation within the natural depression, Hizbul force, has vulnerable to hold out acid attacks against {people World Health Organization|people that|folks that|those that|those who} contest within the elections and people who file nomination papers. while not taking any risk, several candidates, significantly from south Cashmere, were place up in hotels in Srinagar, the capital, by the state administration.

The government conjointly proclaimed recently that the candidates, World Health Organization can contest the municipal and punchayet polls, are going to be coated below a beautiful insurance policy.


Out of the seventy eight uncontested  wards, thirty fall in southern Cashmere, the epicenter of the continued crisis in Cashmere following the killing of Hizbul force commander Burhan Wani, whereas twenty four wards ar in central {kashmir|Kashmir|Cashmere|Jammu and Cashmere|geographical area|geographic area|geographical region|geographic region} and fifteen in north Kashmir. There ar a complete of seventy nine municipal bodies in Jammu and Cashmere, that embrace 2 municipal companies, six municipal councils and seventy one municipal committees.

"These elections ar the primary step for restoring the rule of law, transportation governance at the doorsteps of the individuals and strengthening democracy at the grassroots level. With our party set to emerge victorious, Jammu and Cashmere can see a replacement era of development,” Thakur aforementioned.

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