Differences Arise In Cong On J&K Polls

17 October 2008
Asian Age

Jammu: The suspense created by Election Commission over the schedule of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly election has created differences within the state Congress as well. While J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief and Union minister for water resources and former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who are part of the election committee of Congress for the state, are treading a cautious path, some of JKPCC members have openly expressed their reservations about the deferring of elections in the state. Mr Soz and Mr Azad have maintained on different occasions that the Congress is fully prepared for elections and it would abide by the decision of Election Commission. So far, they have refrained from making any direct comments as whether the situation is conducive for polls in the state or not. Mr Soz, however, found himself in the soup following his remarks about the 'disturbed secular fabric of Jammu in the aftermath of Jammu agitation'. JKPCC general secretary R.S. Chib minces no words in maintaining that the elections should be held as per schedule and should not be deferred. 'Situation is perfectly conducive for polls and it should not be used as a pretext for deferring the elections,' he said.