PDP, Cong, PC pitch for early assembly elections

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/15/2019 12:14:13 PM

NC, some other parties do not meet ECI observers' team

SRINAGAR, Mar 14: A three-member team of special observers appointed by election commission of India (ECI) arrived here today to assess the ground situation for conduct of assembly elections.
The special observers, former IAS officers Vinod Zutshi, Noor Muhammad and former IPS officer A S Gill are scheduled to assess the situation here besides holding deliberations with the mainstream parties for the conduct of elections.
However, National Conference (NC), CPI (M), Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) and Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) did not meet the team.
Delegations of PDP, Congress, Peoples Conference and BJP separately met the observers and apprised them about ground situation. They demanded early assembly elections.
The parties who did not meet the observers said they have already met the ECI team headed by chief election commissioner Sunil Arora here recently and apprised them about their view point. “We have already pitched for the simultaneous elections in the state. We have nothing to say in this regard now,” they said.
The Congress delegation comprised former minister and senior leader Taj Mohi-ud-din and former MLA Bandipora Usman Majeed while as PDP delegation of former minister and former MLA Sonwar, Mohammad Ashraf Mir and former MLA Batamaloo Noor Mohammad.
Peoples Conference (PC) delegation led by Abdul Gani Vakil and Junaid Azim Mattoo and BJP leaders led by Asif Masoodi and M M War also called on observers and discussed the conduct of assembly elections.
PDP leader, Mohammad Ashraf Mir said they met the ECI team and pitched for assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) general secretary, Usman Majeed said that they apprised the ECI team about the ground situation and the resentment among the people after the ECI’s decision to delay the assembly elections.
“We informed them that people here feel fishy behind withholding the assembly elections as if the atmosphere is conducive for Lok Sabha election then why not for assembly elections,” he said, adding that the ECI’s decision has affected the reputation of Election Commission and it seems they are following the policy of GoI.
PC leaders have also demanded early assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir during the meeting with special observers.
BJP general secretary (organization), Ashok Koul said a team of the party comprising Asif Masoodi and M M War met the ECI delegation and strongly advocated early elections in the state. “We had pitched for simultaneous elections in the past and raised similar views this time again,” Koul said.



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