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PM Modi hails historic 98% turnout in Jammu and Kashmir BDC polls

SRINAGAR: Following the Block Development Council (BDC) polls in Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi have praised the 98 per cent turnout in Jammu and Kashmir held on October 24.

He said this is the kind of news that makes India proud. “For the first time since 1947, Block Development Council elections were held in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh on the 24th.”

“I am delighted to share that the BDC polls in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh were conducted in a very peaceful manner. There was no violence. This shows the people’s unwavering faith in democracy and the importance they accord to grassroots level governance,” India Today quoted PM Modi as saying.

For the first time since 1947, Block Development Council elections were held in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh on the 24th. The polls witnessed a historic turnout of 98%. There were over 1080 candidates in the fray in 310 blocks.

Narendra Modi also praised the government’s Article 370 move and said, “It would make India’s Parliament proud that due to their historic decision in August this year, the people of J&K have been able to exercise their democratic right with exceptional enthusiasm, as seen in the historic turnout of 98% that too without violence or disturbance,” India Today reported.

It would make India’s Parliament proud that due to their historic decision in August this year, the people of J&K have been able to exercise their democratic right with exceptional enthusiasm, as seen in the historic turnout of 98% that too without violence or disturbance, the report mentioned.

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