L: With the State Election Commission (SEC) announcing eight-phased District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday, all eyes are on the strategy to be adopted by the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration(PAGD)during the polls.
Quoting State Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Convener of PAGD Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) reported that the Alliance will discuss the matter in its meeting scheduled on November 7 in Jammu.
“We have not discussed it as yet. We will hold consultations over the matter in the meeting there (Jammu),” Tarigami said.
The PAGD comprises of National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Peoples Conference, CPI(M), Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement and other small parties. The grand alliance is seeking restoration of Article 370 and Statehood of J&K.
Pertinently, the Central government last month amended the Jammu & Kashmir Panchayats Raj Act through an executive order for establishing directly elected District Development Councils (DDCs).
According to the amendment, every district in J&K will be divided into 14 territorial constituencies to elect members of DDC. KNO