March 2019 News

J&K Politicians Express Anger, Disappointment

10 March 2019

Srinagar: Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah slammed the Election Commission of India's decision to not hold state assembly elections in J&K along with parliamentary polls. 'First time since 1996, Assembly elections in J&K are not being held on time. Remember this the next time you are praising PM Modi for his strong leadership,' he tweeted. 'In light of the failure to conduct assembly elections on time in J&K I'm retweeting my tweets from a few days ago. PM Modi has surrendered to Pakistan, to the militants & to the Hurriyat. Well done Modi Sahib. 56 inch chest failed,' Abdullah wrote on his Twitter handle. Omar said in 2014 assembly elections were held on schedule even after devastating floods, but delaying them now 'shows how badly the BJP & earlier the BJP-PDP mishandled J&K.' 'What happened to (Union Home Minister) Rajnath Singh's assurance to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha as well as to the all party meeting recently in Delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls?' Omar asked in another tweet. Omar said he never thought Modi would be willing to confess his failure on the global stage by not conducting assembly polls on time in J&K. Decision to hold only Parliamentary elections in J&K confirms sinister designs of GoI. Not letting people elect a government is antithetical to the very idea of democracy. Also a tactic of buying time to disempower people by pushing an agenda that suits their ulterior motives. - Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) March 10, 2019 J&K Pradesh Congress Committee president GA Mir said that the tall claims of the Union Government with regards to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir stood exposed, as the Centre had itself certified that the situation was out of control and not conducive for holding simultaneous polls. Mir said it was a golden chance for the centre to hold assembly elections as all political parties were of the opinion that simultaneously elections should be held in the state. Senior CPI (M) leader and former MLA MY Tarigami said that the Election Commission's decision has disappointed the people of the state. 'This was done despite almost all the political parties urging the Election Commission to hold both the elections simultaneously. Not holding assembly polls will send wrong signals to people within and outside the state,' he said. He said the Chief Election Commissioner during his presser in New Delhi repeatedly quoted recent incidents of violence in Kashmir as the reason for not holding assembly polls. 'If that is true, then how could the Lok Sabha polls be held? Even the JK Governor recently said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi complimented him for successful conduct of the civic elections in Jammu and Kashmir. When these polls could be held, what is the logic for deferring assembly polls?' Tarigami questioned. The CPI(M) leader said J-K is without an elected government for the past 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.