Srinagar (IANS): The Congress on Wednesday said it will participate in the upcoming municipal and panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing the media here, G.A. Mir, President of Jammu and Kashmir Congress unit, said his party had decided to take part in the polls to "keep the communal forces away".
In an earlier statement, Mir had said the situation was not favourable for holding elections.
The National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party have announced a boycott of the elections. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has also decided to stay away from the polls.
While municipal elections for the two corporations of Srinagar and Jammu and 77 municipal committees are being held in October, the panchayat polls across the state are scheduled to be held in November-December.