Jammu, Oct. 11 -- A day after Congress announced boycott of the block development council (BDC) polls, Panthers Party chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh on Thursday called the ensuing elections in Jammu and Kashmir a 'sham exercise'.

Singh went hammer and tongs against Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) at a press conference here.

He accused the BJP of monopolising all political activities in J&K to impose its political hegemony.

"Announcement of polls while keeping the nationalist opposition leaders under detention itself showcased that the BJP not only held the democracy hostage for its political expediencies but also turned frenzied in the quest of grabbing all BDC seats by hook or by crook," he said.

Singh regretted that the ele...