Congress to boycott Block Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar: Congress on Wednesday announced that the party will boycott the upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) election in Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu & Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president Ghulam Ahmad Mir made the announcement during a press conference. The Congress leader also went on to say that Jammu and Kashmir is continuously suffering since August 5 when the Centre decided to abrogate Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The block level election will be conducted on in 310 blocks out of total 316 blocks of Jammu and Kashmir. This is the first-ever election after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre scrapped Article 370 and decided to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.