Srinagar | Jagran News Desk: The Congress on Wednesday announced that it will boycott the upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir in protest against the detention of leaders post abrogation of Article 370. 

State Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir, who addressed a press conference on Wednesday, said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) should have consulted with political parties with several state leaders still under detention.

“We've come to realise that these elections (BDC elections) are being held to facilitate only one party - ruling party. Our leaders are under detention. We have no other option but to announce that we are boycotting the election,” he said on Wednesday.

Mir also said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) should have consulted political parties before announcing the block development council election. He further said that these elections were held to facilitate the victory of only one party.   

“We won't participate in the BDC election. How can political parties take part when leaders are under detention? The EC should have consulted political parties before announcing block development council election,” he said. 

“This election is being held to facilitate the victory of only one party. Our party leaders are not even being provided security,” he added.

The BDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir are expected to be held on October 24. These will be the first elections to be held in the state after the government revoked Article 370 and bifurcated the state into union territories.

The mainstream political leaders of Kashmir, including NC chief Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, were put under house arrest after the government ended the special status of the state.

However, the administration has released most of the leaders from the Jammu region but it reluctant to release the leaders from Kashmir as it believes that the state has already witnessed a bloodbath after it ended the special status of Kashmir.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma