J&K: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Rafi Mir on Thursday said that their party wanted the Jammu and Kashmir Governor to address the issue regarding Article 35 A after which PDP would take a decision over the upcoming local body elections. Mir added that PDP neither wanted a bloodshed in the state nor did they want to spoil the situation in Kashmir. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: LeT Module Busted in Sopore District, 4 Terrorists Arrested

Mir further said that PDP is the main political party in J&K and they weren’t running away from the election. He exuded confidence and said that the party as a whole would participate in the elections after discussing the same with their party members. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Central Govt Changes Domicile Laws of Jammu and Kashmir

The PDP leader also said that their party wasn’t competing with the National Conference by not giving a clear heads up regarding the J&K local body elections. Adding to it he said that it was because of several other issues which had PDP consider their involvement in the local polls. Also Read - ‘Insult is Heaped on Injury’: Omar Abdullah Slams Centre Over New Domicile Rules For J-K

Mir said, “We aren’t in competition with them (National Conference)but we have a genuine concern. There’s mix-up of issues, due to 35A, which we aren’t in favour of. We want Guv to address this & other election-related issues after which we’ll take a decision.”

National Conference (NC) party Chairman Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday announced that it will not participate in the Panchayat elections unless the conflict regarding Article 35 A is resolved. NC chief Abdullah said that until the Centre and the state government cleared its stand with regard to Article 35 A and took concrete steps for the protection of the same inside the court.