New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fired a fresh salvo against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and said that the party has lost its political credibility and political bastion. The remark was mentioned in a statement released by the party spokesperson Anil Gupta.

The statement further said that South Kashmir areas once considered to be the political bastion of the PDP are proving to be big minefields for the party. Its leaders are finding it difficult to even visit their constituencies in these areas.

In July, three of PDP MLAs had raised the banner of revolt against the former chief minister, blaming her for the collapse of the coalition government in the state. BJP on June 19 pulled out of the alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir saying it is “untenable” for the coalition to continue.

“Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti promoted dynastic politics during her tenure and is now finding excuses to delay Panchayat and local bodies elections,” Gupta said in the statement.

The statement also mentioned Article 35A. “The reality is that the party is using Article 35-A to emotionally exploit the people of Kashmir and create a communal wedge under the false notion that it can regain its lost credibility,” the statement read.

He said both the PDP and National Conference were shying away from the local body and Panchayat polls became of the fear that they would lose.

Recently, both parties have decided to boycott local body elections saying that the Centre needs to clarify its position on Article 35-A of the Constitution, which is facing a legal challenge in the Supreme Court. National Conference (NC) president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah had also announced that his party will stay out of the panchayat, assembly elections and Lok Sabha polls.

The state administration had announced the schedule for holding the elections to local body poll in the state. While the urban local body polls are slated for the first week of October, the panchayat elections are scheduled to be held in November-December this year. Jammu and Kashmir is currently under governor’s rule.

(With agency inputs)