A CPI (M) delegation consisting of Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Mohammad Afzal Parray and Ghulam Ahmad Ganie called on Election Commission of India team headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Monday and raised the following issues related to holding of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, said party spokesman in a statement.
The party spokesman in a statement said that the delegation apprised the visiting CEC delegation that Jammu and Kashmir state is without an elected government for the past almost nine months and in the absence of an elected government, uncertainty in the state is deepening day-by-day and dissatisfaction among a large section of people is increasing. The only effective response to this situation is to initiate the democratic process and hold elections to Assembly and Lok Sabha simultaneously.
“Any delay to do so will hamper the process of improvement in the situation,” said the spokesman.
“When President’s Rule was imposed in the state on December 19 2018, Union Home Minister on record said in the Parliament that they will not delay the holding of elections in J&K and it will be held within six months time,” said party spokesman in a statement.
“There is no justification whatsoever to delay Assembly elections in J&K politically or constitutionally. Experience confirms that delay will hamper the process of improvement and any excuse to delay can’t be justified. The administration will be overburdened if elections are held separately,” he said.
The CPI (M) leaders urged the CEC to announce the election dates for the Parliament and Assembly as soon as possible to end the prevailing political uncertainty in the sensitive state.