Civil Society, Traders Want End to Deadlock

SRINAGAR: With deadlock over the formation of government in Jammu and Kashmir entering its second week, business community and civil society members have expressed anguish over the impasse saying delay in govt formation was affecting their business badly.

According to civil society member and prominent business leader Shakeel Qalandar, continuous deadlock has been affecting the businesses in the state and hitting the flood victims, who are waiting for a rehabilitation package, the most. 

“It is the responsibility of the single largest party to end stalemate. If this party doesn’t want to forge an alliance with any other party then it should make the things clear, so that people will suffer not anymore,” Qalandar said.

He said that September floods devastated Valley as a result government was nowhere in sight. “Soon after floods, elections were forced upon us. Now the fractured mandate that has resulted in deadlock has been taking toll on the people,” he said adding that there seems no administration and accountability on ground.

President Chambers of Industry and Commerce, Sheikh Ashiq told CNS that Kashmir have already lost five important months and now people want a new government badly. “There are lot of issues that needs to be resolved. People are homeless and are awaiting rehabilitation, but due to prevailing deadlock, all are suffering immensely,” he said.

“Last year was worst for business community. There were two elections in row that wasted our time. Floods wrought a havoc and now the absence of any government is proving fatal for us,” he said adding that people are interested in government formation and not in alliance politics. 

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