CPM to boycott elections

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 17: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) today said it will boycott the upcoming Panchayat and Local Bodies polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
Slamming the Centre for going ahead with the elections despite opposition from mainstream parties in the State, the CPI(M) said it showed the “arrogance” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Union Government.
“The decision of the government to go ahead with Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies elections despite majority of mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir deciding not to participate shows the arrogance of the BJP-led Central Government,” State Secretary, CPI(M), Ghulam Nabi Malik, said in a statement here.
The CPI(M) is the third political party after National Conference (NC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to stay away from the polls scheduled to be held from next month.
“The Government should have convened an All Party Meeting to discuss this issue, unfortunately that has not been done. Keeping the prevailing situation in consideration, the CPI(M) has decided not to participate in these polls,” the State secretary said.


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