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India Runs Kashmir Council Vote Despite Lockdown and Boycott

Thursday, 24 October 2019 12:38 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Village council elections are being conducted Thursday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, but the absence of mainstream local politicians leaves worry the polls will install puppets of the central Hindu-nationalist government that revoked the disputed region's semi-autonomous status in early August.

Officials are hoping the elections of leaders for more than 300 councils will lend credibility amid a political vacuum and contend they will represent local interests better than former corrupt state-level government officials.

But the elections are being boycotted by most political parties, including those whose leaders had been sympathetic to the central government but are now in makeshift jails or under house arrest. India's main opposition Congress party is boycotting as well, possibly allowing a clean sweep for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Village council elections are being conducted Thursday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, but the absence of mainstream local politicians leaves worry the polls will install puppets of the central Hindu-nationalist government that revoked the disputed region's semi-autonomous...
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Thursday, 24 October 2019 12:38 AM
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