ANANTNAG: Polling was held for none of the five municipalities in south Kashmir scheduled to go to polls on Tuesday, owing to no nominations in some wards and uncontested winners in others. The municipalities scheduled for polls included Khrew, Pampore and Pulwama in Pulwama district; Shopian in Shopian district; and Dooru-Verinag in Anantnag district.
In Dooru-Verinag, 13 Congress candidates were declared elected unopposed after as many BJP candidates withdrew their nominations and resigned from the basic membership of the party as well.
The BJP candidates had expressed resentment with the party leadership after pulling out their nominations, hours after the paddy crop of one of them was set ablaze by unidentified persons.
The Dooru-Verinag municipality has 17 wards. There were no candidates in the rest four of them.
In Khrew, authorities received no nomination at all for any of the 13 wards of the local municipal committee. “Yes, there were no candidates for any of the wards,” an official in the Pulwama district administration said.
He further revealed that only one candidate from the BJP had filed nomination among the 13 wards of Pulwama municipal committee.
“He won unopposed and no polls were held in Pulwama either,” the official said.
In Pampore, only five nominations were received for 17 wards of the municipal committee. Four of them were from the BJP and one was an Independent.
“They have all won unopposed,” the official said.
In neighbouring Shopian district, where the town municipality has 17 wards, only 13 nominations were received – all from the BJP, all of them migrated Kashmiri Pandits, including four women.
“The candidature of one of them was rejected and one of them had filed nominations for two wards. So, technically, we have 11 uncontested winners and no polls,” a senior official in the district administration said.