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The state’s two major political parties - National Conference and PDP - along with smaller parties, have boycotted the polls by linking their participation to the Centre's stand on Article 35A.
State chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said there was no link between the timing of holding panchayat elections in the state and deferment of hearing of the PIL challenging Article 35-A before SC.
Rana said the Article 35A is anything but not 'anti national', as it forms important ingredient of the Constitution of India.
The CPI(M) is the third political party after National Conference and People's Democratic Party to stay away from the polls scheduled to be held from next month.
The National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party have decided to boycott the polls because of the row over Article 35A, which grants special privileges to residents of the state.
The NC and the Peoples Democratic Party have meanwhile decided to boycott the polls saying that the central government is yet to declare its stand on Article 35A.
Mehbooba urged the Governor to focus on confidence-building measures so that the State is assured of the inviolability of constitutional guarantees.
Addressing reporters after the party meeting, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said they will not contest the polls as the prevailing situation was not favourable.
With the saffron brotherhood pushing for 35A to be struck down, the Modi government cannot possibly take a different stand.
After the NC decided to boycott the ULB and panchayat polls, the PDP of Mehbooba Mufti would find it difficult to participate in the polls.
Abdullah on Saturday threatened to boycott Lok Sabha and Assembly elections also if the Centre fails to give an assurance on protecting the Articles 35A and 370 respectively.
All shops, public transport, other businesses and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and other places in the valley.
The apex court is hearing a bunch of petitions in the matter, including the one filed by NGO We the Citizens seeking quashing of article 35-A, which confers special status to permanent residents.
For the past a few days, newspapers in the Valley are filled with classified announcements cancelling wedding invitations, suggesting residents have decided to go for a subdued celebration.
Life came to halt in Anantnag and parts of Pulwama district in south Kashmir after rumours that Article 35-A has been scrapped.