The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would take a final decision on the issue of contesting the upcoming panchayat and urban local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
While the party’s arch rival National Conference (NC) has announced its decision to boycott the polls, the PDP has convened another meeting of its Political Affairs Committee (PAC) in Srinagar on Monday to deliberate on the issue before taking a call.
A meeting of the PAC earlier this week had urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to convene an all party meeting to build a consensus on the issue of holding these elections.
PDP leader Chaudhary Zulfikar said that the party would on Monday take decision on the issue of contesting the elections.
Rafi Ahmad Mir, chief spokesperson of PDP, said that the party would evolve a larger consensus on the boycott issue after consulting the party cadre and general public.
He said that the PDP seeks credible assurance from the Centre regarding Article 35-A.
Meanwhile, in a bid to build pressure on political parties to toe their line of boycotting the elections, the pro-Pakistan Hurriyat Conference had on Friday launched its anti-election campaign by organising a rally in the heart of Srinagar.
Hurriyat activists, both men and women, marched through the streets in the Abi-Guzar area chanting pro-independence slogans and carried placards demanding plebiscite.