Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Saturday announced that it will contest the maiden District Development Council (DDC) polls scheduled to be held from November 28.
The decision comes at a time when the alliance formed by the unionist leaders of J&K is meeting in Jammu to deliberate over many issues including whether to participate in the forthcoming DDC polls.
Addressing a news conference in Jammu, JKPCC chief GA Mir said that after consultation with all of its leaders from different districts, the party has decided to contest the upcoming DDC polls. He said Congress is the oldest party in J&K and it has never stayed away from the democratic process.
“We will not give a free field to BJP in the DDC polls,” he said, adding that the Congress party has some serious concern regarding the conduct of DDC polls in J&K and all these issues were put up before the State Election authorities.
“There are some security concerns also and we have forwarded all our concerns to higher authorities and state election authorities who have assured us that these issues will be looked into,” he said.
“The delimitation of DDC constituencies is uneven and at some places, constituencies are based on one and a half lakh population and at some these are on a few thousand population which shows uneven delimitation,” Mir said, adding that even the reservation criteria followed is not proper.
Mir further said that BJP has followed anti-people policies in Jammu and Kashmir in the past many years which includes downgrading the State & its bifurcation, and people are ready to teach BJP a lesson. KNO