ANC Council Pleads For Poll Postponement

SRINAGAR: The writ petition filed by Awami National Conference (ANC) challenging the schedule of elections in Jammu and Kashmir was listed before the two judge bench Friday.

Rajiv Dawan senior counsel appearing on behalf of  ANC pleaded before Supreme court Justices Chelameswar and Viond  Bobde that almost six lakh people are displaced in Srinagar city alone.

He said 390 villages were completely submerged in flood waters and thousands of villages were seriously affected, with more than 3.5 lakh structures damaged and more than six thousand schools having been declared unsafe. 

He also contended that the month of Muharram was being observed with the Chehlum (40th) of Muharram following on 14th  December  2014 when 17 assembly constituencies are scheduled to go to polls . 

More so the harsh winter has already set in and thousands of families have shifted to Jammu along with annual Darbar, Dawan informed the court.

In this backdrop, council pleaded that the situation was not at all conducive for free and fair elections and right to vote of lakhs of voters will be denied.” 

After hearing the counsel, the bench remarked that in view of the sensitiveness and seriousness of the issue they have decided to place the matter before the Chief Justice to pass orders for posting the case on urgent bases before an appropriate bench in view of the fact that another writ petition challenging the rehabilitation measures in the state is heard by bench headed by the CJ himself.

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