Srinagar: First phase of civic polls voting is held in Jammu and Kashmir, and it has been boycotted by the two key parties in the valley, National Conference Party (NCP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The first voting began at 7 am and will end at 4 pm. 1,100 municipal wards under high-security and elections are being held in 422 of the states. In which includes 149 seats in the valley and 26 in the Ladakh, Jammu, and Pir Panjal region.
In the four-phase election, 2990 candidates are in the fray, which will end on October 16.
Already, 240 candidates, have been elected unopposed, the majority of them from the Kashmir valley. The BJP has revealed that it has got control over seven municipal committees in Kashmir valley as 75 of its nominees have been elected unopposed.
The first phase of polling campaigning-which is under threat of terrorist has stopped on Saturday. Hence, in the valley, there was no campaigning by any party. Candidates are hiding insecurity accommodations because of fear.
The civic polls elections are held after 13 years in the valley due to the lost its gloss after the National Conference and the PDP pulled out, which alleging uncertainty over centre stand on Article 35A. The alliance between BJP and PDP was ended in June and it said that under the circumstances, the centre’s insistence on holding would be a “ mockery” of the democratic.
Including PDP and National Conference, the entire Kashmir Valley shares the anxiety. It is seen that Congress not able to convince any of its members to contest in the elections.
The arrangements of security were elaborated by the Centre, and pushing in 400 companies of paramilitary forces or 40,000 personal. However, massive high security deployed in the valley.
Satya Pal Malik Governor holding the elections peacefully, and also a detailed review of the security situation.
On October 10 the second phase of the elections will be held and the last phase is on October 16. On October 20 the final counting of votes will take place.
At the moment, the voting in Kashmir is running slows as it was a boycott by the early ruling party National Conference and PDP. The current scenarios are under control. Now, What stands next after the elections result, the entire nation will wait for that moment?