SRINAGAR, Sept 10:
The Panchayat and the Local Body polls in Jammu and Kashmir are on despite the boycott by the two main regional parties, State Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said today.
His comments come on a day the People’s Democratic Party said it would boycott the elections, saying the security situation was not conducive for holding these polls.
“Panchayat and Local Bodies polls are on. The decision was taken in July,” Subrahmanyam told reporters when asked if the polls would be postponed.
He said the process of issuing notification for the polls would begin within a week. “For the Urban and Local Bodies polls, the voter-list drafts have been published and the delimitation and reservation of constituencies has been done. The actual notification will be issued by the CEO (Chief Electoral Officer, J&K) in a few days.”
A month after that, the CEO will notify the dates for the panchayat polls. He is just waiting for notifying the dates for Urban and Local Bodies polls, the Chief Secretary added.
Asked about the security scenario, K Vijay Kumar, the Advisor to Governor S P Malik, said it was being reviewed based on the requirements and there would be a flexible plan based on the dynamics. (PTI)