Jammu, Nov. 8 -- In a major political development, the newly formed People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration on Saturday decided to contest the upcoming District Development Council (DDC) polls unitedly in Jammu & Kashmir.

The eight phase DDC polls are scheduled to take place between November 28 and December 19 amid tight security arrangements along with bypolls on the vacant seats of urban local bodies in J&K.

It is for the first time the Kashmir-based regional parties, considered arch rivals, have decided to contest any polls under the same banner.

The alliance was earlier founded to carry forward their "constitutional" fight for the restoration of Article 370 and 35-A in Jammu & Kashmir.

The announcement was made by the spokesman of ...