The council polls will be held in Jammu and Kashmir on October 24. These will be the first elections to be held in the state since its special status was revoked under Article 370 on August 5.
“The Congress believes in the strengthening of democratic institutions and has never shied away from any polls. But today, we are compelled to take a decision to boycott the polls due to the indifferent attitude of the state administration and continued detention of senior party leaders in the Valley,” state Congress president G.A. Mir told reporters.