No point in meeting ECI observers: NC

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/15/2019 12:14:00 PM

SRINAGAR, Mar 14: National Conference (NC) today decided not to meet the ECI observers’ team currently on a visit to Srinagar saying the party has already conveyed its stand to ECI team headed by chief election commissioner earlier and that there is no need to meet the ECI team again.
In a statement party general secretary Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar said, “What is the need of meeting the ECI observers’ team again? We have already made our stand clear on Assembly elections in the state. Our stand remains the same which means conducting simultaneous assembly, Lok Sabha elections in the state,” adding, “We have nothing more to add and there is no change on the ground since we met the ECI team earlier. Hence we have decided not to meet the visiting ECI observers’ team.”
He further added that postponement of assembly polls can have serious ramifications across the state. The ones who took this incoherent decision must be up to some mischief otherwise there is no sound reason for not conducting both assembly and LS elections together. If the situation is conducive for parliament elections, what stops them from conducting assembly elections at the same time, Sagar observed.
“I fail to comprehend the yardstick that has been employed by ECI in not announcing both elections together. Why the same principle was not employed at the time of ULB and Panchayat elections,” he said.
The NC leader stated that the powers that be are up to something which will create more fissures in a sensitive state like J&K. Handpicking any individual undemocratically will inadvertently create a ruckus in the state and will prove detrimental to the interests of the state and the country at large, he said.
While asserting that the people of the state are awake to the machinations of the forces as are inimical to state’s identity and integrity, he said, “GoI wants someone who would work on the whims and fancies of BJP leadership. However, we will not let them succeed in this mission. It is with this belief that we expected a positive outcome of our meetings with ECI team earlier,” adding, “Any misadventure in J&K by those who are holding the reigns of the country will seriously undermine the greater good of the nation. People of the state are awake to what they have been doing all along and they will unravel their nefarious designs and give them a befitting reply in the forthcoming general elections.”
Meanwhile, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) chairman Hakeem Mohamad Yaseen and Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president Ghulam Hassan Mir issued a joint statement this evening.
The statement said, "The leaders of the three parties did not meet the special observers of Election Commission of India, who had come here to assess the election readiness in Jammu and Kashmir, as we have already put forth our position about holding the assembly polls in the state before the full Election commission last week. There is nothing new to say about the issue."
They added that Jammu and Kashmir 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 are increasing. "We reiterate our consistent demand that only effective response to this situation would have been to hold elections to assembly and Lok Sabha simultaneously," they said.
The leaders demanded that without any further delay the election commission should announce the holding of assembly polls with the Lok Sabha polls.



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