National Conference while reiterating its suggestion of delaying the state elections here,Saturday however maintained that if election commission declares conduction of polls on due date, it will abide by the decision.
The provincial president Kashmir Nasir Aslam told KNS that the party has already submitted before the ECI team that conduction of polls at present would add to the miseries of people as the masses who didn’t participate in Eid celebrations could not participate in the election process. “There are homes in thousands devastated and lives affected at large in Kashmir and Jammu. Our priority is to put Kashmir back on gear- this is our stand,” Nasir maintained.
Party’s general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar while taking a dig at the opposition PDP said that its demands to hold polls on time, actually reflects is anti-people policy. “It is a power hungry party,” accused Sagar. “Which has no care for the peoples’ well being.”
Additional general secretary NC-Shiekh Mustafa Kamal added further that the security establishment here has on record said that it would be difficult for it to provide security in the midst of the winter months in Kashmir.
Congress, on the other hand advocated for the polls on due date- maintaining that governor’s rule in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is no substitute to the People’s rule. Party’s senior vice president Ghulam Nabi Monga said Congress wants polls on due date so that next government could take up the relief and rehabilitation measures on priority bases.
Pertinently, the former chief minister and the Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad has earlier suggested the conduction of polls on due date. Azad in an interview with Kashmir News Service had stated that polls should be conducted on due date so that rehabilitation measures are taken in the tenure of the next government.
Opposition PDP maintained that favoured conduct of elections on its due date. The parry said that it conveyed its point before the ECI team and it has also proposed constitution of a join team of officers who could manage the relief and rehabilitation measures sans any political interference.
Pertinently, in the recent past the team of Election Commission of India (ECI) led by deputy chief election commissioner Vinod Zutshi met almost all mainstream political parties discussing the post flood situation and the conduct of elections in the state. It was reported later that Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to issue green signal for the polls by the end of this year. The final announcement by the ECI is likely to be made on October 20