Prioritize relief over polls: Muzaffar Shah

Srinagar:   Advocating that relief and rehabilitation must be prioritized over the conduction of polls in flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, ANC senior vice president Muzaffar Shah Monday asked Omar Abdullah and senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh to accompany ANC in the Supreme Court for postponement of the polls.

 Shah while addressing press conference in a local hotel here stated that the petition filed by ANC in Supreme Court has sought deferment of assembly elections was referred to the Chief Justice of India by the Supreme Court bench.

"I have filed petition in Supreme Court wherein we have deferment of polls. The stand of the ANC is that relief and rehabilitation should be the priority of the dispensation. In the prevailing flood aftermath crises, lakhs of people would not be able to cast their vote, amounting to denying them right to vote," Shah told newsmen.

He maintained further that the ANC had pleaded various arguments in the petition in support of postponement of assembly elections. "I have mentioned that as in case of Gujarat riots, the state elections were deferred for six months and why it cannot be done in state of J&K," he said.

 ANC vice president statement further that after going through the contents of  the petition filed by ANC over polls, the division bench referred it to the chief justice, claiming it a ‘sensitive’ and ‘urgent issue.’

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