Congress on October 9 announced that it is going to boycott the Block Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The party leader Ghulam Ahmad Mir announced the decision during a press conference in Jammu. He said, "We've come to realise that these elections (Block Development Council elections) are being held to facilitate only one party - ruling party. Our leaders are under detention. We have no other option but to announce that we are boycotting the election."