(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: J&K: Ballot over Boycott

(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: J&K: Ballot over Boycott

Topic: J&K: Ballot over Boycott


  • B. P. Singh, (Former Home Secretary, GoI)
  • Rana Banerji, (Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat)
  • Anil Anand, (Senior Journalist)
  • Naseer Ahmed, (Senior Journalist)

Topic Description:

More than 380 local bodies spread across 13 districts went to polls in the second phase of the urban local bodies’ elections in Jammu and Kashmir today amid a shutdown called by the separatists in the poll-bound areas. The elections, to be held in four phases, began on October 8 and will end on October 16. The first phase on Monday saw a voter turnout of 8.3% in the Kashmir Valley, while more than 65% of the electorate voted in the Jammu and Ladakh divisions. Two main regional parties, the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party, have boycotted the polls. Earlier, separatists asked people to observe a shutdown in the areas going to polls in second phase in what they called “sham elections”. Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik, in a statement, said, “People will show their total disconnect and dismissal by staying away and boycotting this drama.

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Courtesy: RSTV

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