Briefs him about L&O situation, ULB polls
Press Trust of India
New Delhi, Oct 10: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik Wednesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed the situation in the state, where the elections to the urban local bodies are underway, officials said.
During the half-an-hour meeting, the governor apprised Singh about the law and order in the state, particularly in militancy-wracked Kashmir Valley.
The governor also briefed the home minister on the ongoing urban local bodies polls in Jammu and Kashmir, an official privy to the meeting said.
The state is currently under the governor's rule and Malik is the administrative head of the state.
The second phase of the four-phased urban local bodies polls was held on Wednesday.
The election process is underway to elect 4,130 'sarpanches' (village headmen), 29,719 'panches' (panchayat members) and 1,145 ward commissioners in the state.
A total of 3,372 nominations have been filed for 1,145 municipal wards. The next phases will take place on October 13 and 16.
The urban local body polls were announced last month.
Two major political parties -- the National Conference and the PDP -- have boycotted the elections accusing the Centre of not taking a firm stand on protection of Article 35-A of the Constitution, which is facing a legal challenge in the Supreme Court.
Candidates who are contesting have been moved to safe locations and their details have not been made public.
The panchayat polls in the state would be held in nine phases starting November 17.