In Maharashtra and Haryana, the counting of votes for the assembly elections is going on while on one hand, voting is being held for the Block Development Council in Jammu and Kashmir. A total of 1,065 candidates are in the fray for the Block Development Council election, for which 26,000 Panch and Sarpanch are voting.
This election has been boycotted by Congress, PDP, and National Conference. In such a situation, only BJP and independent candidates are left in front of it. It is believed that this is perhaps the easiest election in Jammu and Kashmir for the BJP so far.
Easiest election in the country is BDC election of J&K
This is the first election after Article 370 was removed from the state. Jammu and Kashmir has a total of 316 blocks, of which 310 are voting. Two blocks do not have elected panch and sarpanch and 4 blocks are allotted for women and there are no women candidates.
About 80 percent of the candidates in the election are in the fray as independents, besides 20% of the candidates belong to BJP. Counting of votes will start only after voting.
These elections have been held on the party line, but they have been boycotted by the Congress, PDP, National Conference and People’s Conference. In such a situation, the contest has been between BJP vs Independents. The parties have boycotted the election alleging that Article 370 was unconstitutionally removed.
One reason for opposition parties to question these elections is the lack of voters in some seats. In 2018, the two major parties of the Valley, PDP and National Conference, boycotted the panchayat elections. Due to this, many seats remained vacant. 60% seats of Panches and 45% Sarpanch posts are lying vacant in the Valley.
Now once again Boycott has created a strange situation. There are also candidates in many blocks who are supported by migrant voters only. Jammu and Kashmir has a history of low turnout, but this time it may be less.