New Delhi, Sept 09:The Bharatiya Janata Party has slammed the National Conference for threatening to boycott the coming panchayat and municipal polls in Jammu and Kashmir. The party general secretary, Ram Madhav, who also in charge of the party affairs in the state, accused the NC chief,Dr. Farooq Abdullah, of adopting double standards on holding elections.
Questioning his National Conference participation in the just concluded Kargil elections, he said, 'If Farooq Abdullah is objecting to panchayat polls over the 35A issue then why did he contest Kargil polls?' Madhav also accused Dr. Abdullah of crushing the democratic rights of the people. 'Farooq Abdullah has always done politics and never made efforts to ensure the democratic rights of the people and now when Modiji is trying to do so he is speaking against it.”'
Dr. Abdullah last week announced that his party will stay away from the upcoming municipal and panchayat polls, saying the situation was not conducive for such an exercise. On Saturday, he moved a step ahead when he threatened that his National Conference will boycott the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls if the Centre does not clarify its stand on Articles 35A and 370.
In the recent Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil polls, the NC had emerged as the single largest party with 10 seats and the PDP and BJP won only two and one seats respectively in the 26-member House.
The municipal polls in the state are scheduled to be held in four phases between October 1 and October 5 whereas the panchayat polls will be held in eight phases between November 8 and December 4.