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Out of Kashmir’s 20,093 panch and sarpanch seats, a massive 12,565 are vacant. Panchayat elections will now be held in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.
Spokespersons of the two major political parties of Jammu and Kashmir say this isn’t ‘resumption of political activity’, demand the release of their leaders.
The verbal spat occurred at the MLA hostel in Srinagar, where the Valley’s political detainees were being moved after complaints of inadequate heating at the earlier ‘sub-jail’ at SKICC.
The polls have been held at a time when leaders of NC and PDP are under house arrest, leaving an open field for the BJP.
Not seeking legal remedy for detention is part of a larger strategy by Valley’s politicians to raise a joint front against Modi government's Article 370 move.
With 310 blocks set to elect chairmen on 24 October, J&K block polls have become the latest flashpoint between state administration and political parties.
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Party members meet incarcerated National Conference leaders in Srinagar, and say the situation isn’t conducive for the political process to resume.
Farooq Abdullah, who was booked under the PSA last month, flashed the victory sign to media as he met some NC leaders.
Idea of Kashmiriyat rested on asserting Kashmir’s uniqueness, and emerged out of Kashmiri nationalism’s close relationship to Indian nationalism in early 20th century.