BDC polls total flop in J&K, Govt must postpone: Bhim

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 9: Describing the Block Development Council (BDC) elections as total flop show, National Panthers Party (NPP) chief patron Prof Bhim Singh has said that the Government must postpone it.
In a meeting of the NPP leaders held in the winter capital here today, the NPP leadership urged upon the President of India, Ramnath Kovind for urgent intervention to postpone BDC elections which were announced last week when almost entire Kashmir was under curfew. It is only a day before when J&K administration declared that the administration was releasing political prisoners from jails and directing schools to reopen.
Bhim Singh urged the President to postpone the BDC elections which are being held on October 24, 2019 in the J&K. The Jammu and Kashmir shall be turned into Union Territory on the midnight of October 31, 2019. The NPP leader said there is no communication in entire Jammu and Kashmir. There is no telephone connection till today with the political activists or districts in Kashmir Valley as well as in districts of Poonch, Rajouri, Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban even in Jammu province.
Today, October 9, is the last date for filing nominations for BDC election when there is no communication of the party leadership with district or block leadership particularly in Kashmir region and five districts of Jammu. The President is urged to issue direction to the Governor of J&K as J&K state (till October 31) is under President’s Rule and the President is only competent authority to take such a decision. The elections in the BDC cannot be held because of the political reasons, total breakdown in communication, non-access with the districts political parties even. No political party except the Government can interact or communicate with the administration at the block level.
Singh urged the President to postpone the election till the political situation is brought to normalcy, all the political prisoners detained under PSA are released and the political parties can contact respective leadership at the block level. He also warned that such an attempt to hold forcible and fraudulent elections in the BDC in J&K shall prove a counter-productive.