Now Elections Only Under Governors Rule: Mir

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Srinagar: Congress- National Conference candidate for Anantnag parliamentary constituency Tuesday declared that he will not contest elections now scheduled for May 25 unless state government led by Mehbooba Mufti steps down and governor’s rule is imposed in Jammu and Kashmir.

Accusing Election Commission of partiality, Mir said that the deferment of elections in South Kashmir was a unilateral decision and they were not taken on the board. “The copies sent to Election Commission of India by the government were even not provided to us. We were told that a decision with regard to deferment will be taken collectively, but the government took a unilateral decision and made a mockery of democracy,” Mir said.

G A Mir, who is also State Congress party chief, said that his party has decided that it will only participated in elections under Governor rule.

Mir’s statement comes hours after Election Commission of India postponed the by-polls in Anantnag parliamentary constituency which was slated for April 12, to May 25.
The ECI took the decision following an appeal by PDP candidate Tasaduq Mufti, who is the brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for deferment of elections, following an unprecedented low voter turnout and death of eight young men in violence on the polling day. The voter turnout in the first phase of by-polls was abysmally low at 7.14%.
“The appeal to postpone by-polls was made by candidate of a party, not the government. Election Commission of India should have taken into account the views of all other candidates before deciding about the postponement,” Mir, who is contesting the by-polls against Tasaduq, said.

He said that the opposition political parties had informed the ECI that situation was not conducive for conducting by-elections for the two parliamentary seats in Kashmir.
“Perhaps she (Mehbooba Mufti) wanted her brother to win. The present volatile situation is their (PDPs) creation and they are responsible for it,” Mir alleged.
“When the situation was not conducive for by-polls after Sunday, how was it conducive a month earlier?”, Mir questioned.

“Mehbooba Mufti’s government had then claimed that the situation was conducive for by-polls. How did it deteriorate within a day,” he asked.

“The election was postponed not because Srinagar witnessed violence, but because PDP received inputs that its candidate was losing,” he claimed.

“Tell me how government expects situation will be peaceful by May 25. Whether it has decided to stop civilian killings and arresting people till May 25 or it thinks that conducting elections in the holy month of Ramzan will help it. I don’t know what government is up to,” he said.

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