SRINAGAR Three special observers appointed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) arrived in Srinagar on Thursday to assess the ground situation for conduct of assembly elections in the state.
The special observers including former IAS officers Vinod Zutshi, Noor Muhammad, and former IPS officer A S Gill met several parties including PDP, Congress, BJP and Sajjad Lone Led Peoples Conference while National Conference (NC), CPI (M), Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) and Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) didnt turn up to meet them .
The Congress delegation headed by former minister and senior leader Taj Mohi-ud-din and former MLA Bandipora Usman Majeed met and apprised them about the ground situation and the resentment among the people over the ECIs 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, Usman Majeed said, adding that the ECIs decision has affected the reputation of Election Commission and it seems they are following the policy of GoI.
PDP delegation headed by former minister and former MLA Sonwar, Muhammad Ashraf Mir and former MLA Batamaloo Noor Muhammad met the Special Observers here and reiterated demand for simultaneous elections in the State.
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 ECI delegation and discussed the conduct of assembly elections.
BJP General Secretary (Organization), Ashok Koul said a team of the party pitched for early elections in the State.