Abduction, Killing of policemen cast shadow on polls in J&K

The abduction and killing of three policemen in south Kashmir’s Shopian early on Friday have vitiated the already tense atmosphere for the upcoming municipal and panchayat elections in the state. The killings have prompted a double impact: a wave of fear among local special police officers (SPOs), many of whom took to social media to distance themselves from the police department, and triggered more worry among people who have been associated with the local bodies. “With each passing day, the atmosphere is turning scary. The incidents of violence are continuing,…

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Imran seeks resumption of Indo-Pak talks, writes to Modi

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, the Foreign Office said here Thursday, seeking to re-start the bilateral talks on key issues “challenging the relationship” including on terrorism and Kashmir. In the letter dated September 14, the cricketer-turned-politician, who became the prime minister last month, proposed a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York this month. “Building on the mutual desire for peace between…

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Amid boycott calls, Congress to fight local polls in J&K

The Congress on Wednesday announced its participation in the local bodies’ elections being held in Jammu and Kashmir from October to December days after saying the situation was not conducive for the polls amid a spike in militant violence in the state. “We cannot leave the field open for the BJP and the RSS,’’ said state Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir. He said the secular forces should have joined hands to stop the “communal forces”. “The BJP was happy that some parties are not participating,’’ said Mir, while referring to…

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RSS does not accept Article 370, 35A of Constitution: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Wednesday said the organisation does not accept Article 370 and Article 35A of Indian constitutions, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Bhagwat presented Sangh’s views on a number of contentious issue while answering wide-ranging written questions on the last day of the RSS’ three-day conclave, including on matters like inter-caste marriages, education policy, crimes against women, cow vigilantism. Bhagwat also talked about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and said the RSS does not accept Article 370 and 35-A of Constitution relating to the…

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Will provide corruption-free governance system, Anger of Kashmir youth a big challenge: Governor Malik

Ensuring a transparent and people-oriented governance system is my topmost priority as head of Jammu and Kashmir, the Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Tuesday, and assured that he would listen to public grievances frequently and address them swiftly. In an exclusive interview with Kashmir Post at Raj Bhavan here, Malik, who replaced NarendaNath Vohra, said that he wanted to make his own office accountable to the people. “I have kept the doors of Raj Bhavan open for the public. They can come and meet me any time,” he said,…

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Bugle sounded for Municipal poll in J&K

The election department on Tuesday sounded the bugle for the urban local bodies poll by issuing a notification for the conduct of elections to 422 municipal wards to be held in the first phase on October 8. Of the 422 municipal wards, 175 are in the Kashmir division while the remaining 247 are in the Jammu division. There are a total of 79 municipal corporations, councils and committees in J&K. The elections are being held in four phases. “The last date for filing nominations for the elections to 175 municipal…

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Rajnath appeals parties to participate in ULB, Panchayat polls, NC, PDP reject appeal

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday appealed political parties to participate in the forthcoming panchayat and urban local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir, in the wake of the NC and the PDP announcing a boycott of the elections. Singh’s appeal came after the two major regional parties — the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party — announced that they would not take part in the elections as the Centre has not cleared its stand on Article 35A of the Constitution. “I would like to appeal that all the…

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BJP shortlists candidates, NC, PDP term govt decision as ‘Mockery of Democracy’

While the Congress is still in a dilemma over its participation in the urban local bodies election, the BJP has shortlisted potential candidates for all 79 civic bodies of the state. The list of candidates is likely to be issued within a couple of days. Sources said the BJP state working committee met on Sunday and decided to hold a meeting of party MLAs and district presidents on Monday morning to finalise the candidates. “It was informed in the working committee meeting that the leadership has already scrutinised the panels…

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Municipal elections dates announced for J&K, to be held in 4 phases from October 8

Jammu and Kashmir municipal elections will be held in 4 phases from October 8-16 and counting will take place on October 20, news agency ANI reported Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra as saying. According to Kabra, elections will held on October 8, 10, 13 and on 16th while people can cast their votes from 7am to 2pm. Shaleen Kabra said, “Municipal Elections shall be held in 4 phases. Date of polling would be Oct 08, Oct 10, Oct 13 & Oct 16. Counting shall take place on Oct 20 after…

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Congress dithers on poll decision, seeks more clarity from state

The Congress on Wednesday said the administration should “clear its intention” over conducting the municipal elections while alleging that an announcement had been made just to “test the ground”. The party said the Election Commission should issue a notice first and then it would announce whether to participate or not. “We want to strengthen the democratic process but there is chaos in the administration… we feel the announcement has been made just to test the ground. The administration should clear its intentions, let the Election Commission come up with a…

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