BJP delaying local bodies polls in J&K as it realised it will be wiped out: Ex-CM Mehbooba

The PDP chief charged that the BJP does not accept the Constitution and wants to end the democratic system of the country, and they want to start it from Jammu and Kashmir.

Published: 27th September 2023 03:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th September 2023 03:10 PM   |  A+A-

FILE - An image of People's Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti, used for representational purposes only. (Photo | PTI)


SRINAGAR: The BJP is "delaying" the panchayat and local bodies polls in Jammu and Kashmir as it has "sensed defeat", PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said on Wednesday, and charged that the ruling party at the Centre might end the election system in the entire country if it comes back to power.

"The BJP has realised that they will be wiped out in Jammu and the parties and system which they tried to put up in Kashmir are not working as people are not ready to accept them, so they are deferring the election," she told reporters here.

The former J-K chief minister said the BJP used to "indulge in a drama" and show to the entire world that they conducted the panchayat and local bodies elections in J-K.

"Now, I think they have stopped that pretence. On one hand, these people say in the Supreme Court that the situation has improved in J-K after the abrogation of Article 370, and that the people are happy. But, on the other, the same government now says that the security (situation) is not right in J-K and the elections cannot be conducted," she said.

You can yourself see how much contradiction is there, she added.

I think the real reason, Mehbooba said, is that all "experiments" by BJP in J-K, especially in the valley, have failed.

"They tried to create a new crop, a hybrid political system, but it has failed. The people in Jammu have gone against them, they are out on the roads, they have realised that the BJP has befooled them by provoking them against Kashmir, by making them suffer losses, by making people in J-K fight with each other, creating Hindu-Muslim divide," the PDP president said.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister charged that the BJP does not accept the Constitution and wants to end the democratic system of the country, and they want to start it from J-K.

"If the BJP comes back to power in the Lok Sabha elections, then they will end the election system not only in J-K but, perhaps in the entire country in the coming time," she said.

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