Secure us before we go for the polls, Omar tells Election Commission

Srinagar:

Former chief minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah on Friday said that the election commission should ensure conducive atmosphere for the upcoming Lok Sabha by-elections for the Srinagar and Islamabad parliamentary seats.

Omar was talking to reporters on the sidelines of the core meeting of National Conference. The meeting discussed the candidatures for the twin Lok Sabha segments but the names were not announced.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah

Referring to militancy, Omar said that there are threats. And, he said, in this situation government should have increased the security of our members. But, instead the govt is decreasing the security, he said.

“I am telling you that the security of my members has been taken away,” Omar said. “When my legislators and former ministers wish to go to a certain area they have to repeatedly plead for the security.”

“How does government expect us to fight elections under such circumstances,” Omar questioned.

“Firstly, election commission has to make the situation appropriate for the elections and it has to ensure that those who want to participate in the elections as candidates or campaigners have to be provided foolproof security,” Omar added.

The issue of least security cover was raked u by various members of the party in the core group meeting. Some of them had earlier talked in detail in the state assembly about the security issues and how their security is being seen from a political prism.

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