National Conference (NC) spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu submitted his resignation from the party on Tuesday, citing disagreements with the party over its decision to boycott the upcoming local body polls. Mattu informed that he would be contesting for the local polls from Srinagar district to serve the people. Junaid Azim took to Twitter and in a series of tweet alleged that leaving the grassroots democratic institutions "open to misrepresentation" would inflict serious harm on the state, and wreak havoc with the social fabric and cultural legacy.
In his second tweet he wrote:
Junaid Azim Mattu started his political career with People's Conference, led by Sajad Gani Lone when the latter abandoned separatist politics to join mainstream in 2009. Mattu parted ways with Lone's party in 2013 to join the National Conference.
In September, Satya Pal Malik chaired a State Administrative Council (SAC) meeting and after extensive deliberations on various aspects and feedback received from various departments a decision was taken to hold municipal polls in October followed by panchayat elections. As per the schedule, the elections of Urban Local Bodies will be held in four phases from 1 to 5 October whereas Panchayat polls will be conducted in eight phases from 8 November to 4 December.
However, National Conference and PDP announced that they will not be contesting the upcoming local body polls. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said that "boycotting election will not affect 35A". In an interview to Doordarshan, Satya Pal Malik said:
"Boycotting election will not affect 35A anyway either positive or negative it's only an excuse. If political party want to fight on 35A they should appoint their lawyers".
"I had a discussion with Farooq Saheb, at least on two occasions he has publicly supported the deferred panchyat elections and has appealed people to vote. He also said that the vote is not for Delhi not for Kashmir it's for the people. The panchyat election is for the people of Kashmir. I will meet Mehbooba ji (in two or three days) and request her not to boycott it.", Satya Pal Malik added.