Jammu-Kashmir local body elections: It may be deferred to January

New Delhi, Sep 12: Jammu-Kashmir local body elections may be deferred to January:  Jammu-Kashmir local body elections may be deferred to January after local parties National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party boycotted the polls.The People's Democratic Party and the National Conference announced its decision to stay away from the polls.Speaking about her party's decision, former J-K CM Mehbooba Mufti said they will not contest the polls as the prevailing situation was not favourable."We will go to any extent to protect Article 35A," said Mufti at a press conference in Srinagar.She said the people of the state have "sacrificed a lot" and no one can fiddle with the validity of Article 35 A.Earlier, the National Conference announced that it will not contest the panchayat polls and even the 2019 elections "until and unless the Government of India and the state government clear their position on Article 35 A and takes effective steps to protect Article 35 A in and outside the court".Article 35A, which gives special rights to people in the state and bars outsiders from owning immovable property, has been challenged in the Supreme Court.The apex court had on August 31 deferred the hearing on a bunch of petitions challenging Article 35A of the Constitution, as the Centre urged the court to take up the matter after panchayat elections in the state.

PTI