As all the major political parties have favored for the conducted of the state elections on due date, sources said NC is objecting as it fears rigorous boycott in Srinagar segments if polls are held in the near future.
Top sources within the ruling national conference have confirmed to KNS that the senior voices within this ruling party has submitted before its leadership that if polls are held on due date with no measures taken up for the rehabilitation of the flood victims then polls would serve as the major spoilsport against the party.
It has been further informed that the senior party leadership has said that Srinagar would witness the intensified poll boycott if the same are held on due date. The leadership has stated that the widespread devastation witnessed during floods has affected the major portion of Srinagar and if people of the region are told to vote at this crucial stage, this would give make people further aggrieved, hence paving way for the widespread poll boycott.
“We cannot take such a major risk at this point of time. Srinagar is our bastion,” said a party insider. “If Srinagar is gone, everything is gone. Polls must be postponed,” he added.
Pertinently, leaders of various mainstream parties met Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshie on October 9. Zutshi had visited the flood-hit Valley to take stock of situation for holding Assembly polls in the State, slated for the end of this year.
While NC sought deferment of elections in view of devastation caused by the floods, its coalition partner Congress has demanded conduct of polls on time. The opposition PDP has asked ECI to constitute a joint committee of officers from State and Centre to oversee relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims.