PDP, NC activists intimidating BJP candidates: Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav, BJP national general secretary, on Friday said like separatists and terror groups, activists of the PDP and the National Conference (NC) were also intimidating candidates filing nominations for the civic bodies elections in the Valley. “We have received information from different parts of Kashmir that PDP and NC workers have threatened BJP activists who filed nominations for the civic bodies elections,” Madhav, who was in Srinagar on Thursday, told mediapersons here. “We have already lodged complaints with the police in this regard and investigation has been initiated,” he…

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Pakistan rakes up Kashmir Issue at OIC, India calls it ‘Unwarranted’

Lodging strong protest over Pakistan raking up the Kashmir issue at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting, India on Thrusday called the act “completely unwarranted” for the grouping as well as its member countries to discuss matters related to India’s internal affairs in any multilateral set up. It was on Wednesday when Pakistan raked up the Kashmir issue at the OIC Contact Group meeting held on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. “We always note with regret that the matter which is very internal…

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Barring south Kashmir, polls draw good response across state

Barring terror-hit south Kashmir, candidates have given good response to the second phase of the urban local bodies poll in Jammu and Kashmir with about 1,200 candidates filing nominations for 384 municipal wards in 13 districts. While no candidate came forward to file nomination for the Frisal municipal committee in the trouble-torn Kulgam district even on the last day of filing of nominations for the second phase on Thursday, as many as 81 candidates filed their papers for 20 wards of the Srinagar municipal corporation (SMC). Two municipal committees of…

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Despite poll boycott, PDP, NC field proxy candidates

The duplicity of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) has been exposed as both the parties have fielded proxy candidates from a majority of the 247 wards of 15 urban local bodies going to the polls in the first phase across the Jammu region. This has happened despite the PDP and NC announcing a boycott of civic bodies elections in the state over Article 35A of the Constitution. While second-rung leaders of the two parties are contesting elections as Independents in most wards, some top leaders have…

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Amid acid attack warnings, J&K govt announces extra month’s salary for state’s panchayat poll volunteers

To create a sense of security among the government employees in Jammu and Kashmir amid the looming militant threat over Urban Local bodies and Panchayat polls, the government has decided to give one-month additional salary to those employees to those who will be deployed for election-duty in the upcoming electoral exercise. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary V R Subrahmanyam on Tuesday said that the state employees will get additional one-month salary for poll duty. During a press conference in Srinagar, he said the state government’s move is aimed at pleasing…

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Polls will happen despite ‘Dynastic’ political parties boycotting them: Ram Madhav

BJP national general secretary and in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav said on Tuesday that two dynastic political parties have boycotted the upcoming local body elections because they don’t want power to go outside their family. “We have taken a pledge to conduct local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Two parties of the state which are dynastic parties and who have never wanted power to go out of their families have boycotted the elections. They thought if they won’t contest, who would conduct the elections,” said Madhav. Addressing…

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NC to sack members who contest municipal polls, Junaid Mattoo quits party to stand in civic polls

The two-day long Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of National Conference (NC), which concluded Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution to sack any party leader and member found participating in the Urban Local Body (ULB) or Panchayat polls. CWC, the top decision-making body of the party, passed the resolution in the wake of the resignation of party’s chief spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu, who resigned to contest the ULB polls. Sources in the party said some of the members in CWC had raised voice against the party’s decision not to contest ULB…

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Ready for talks with all on Kashmir Issue: Rajnath Singh

The government is ready for dialogue with “everyone” on the Kashmir issue, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, days after India cancelled a foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan. He, however, asserted that terrorism in the Kashmir valley was “Pakistan-sponsored”. “I think the (Kashmir) matter will be resolved. We are ready to talk to everyone,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the Central Zonal Council here. Rajnath said as far as terrorism in J&K was concerned, all security agencies were working in coordination. “Terrorism in Kashmir…

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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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