Ask ECI to provide adequate security
Srinagar, Mar 15: Saying that unlike 2014 elections, the atmosphere for the by-polls is not conducive, the two opposition mainstream parties on Wednesday said that the Election Commission of India must provide adequate security so that campaigning for the parliament by-polls won’t get affected.
Addressing a joint press conference, former chief minister and NC president, Omar Abdullah and JKPCC chief, G A Mir said that the present atmosphere was not conducive for the by-polls as it was in during the 2014 elections in the Valley.
“I believe that the situation is not bad as 90’s but I can say that the situation particularly in South Kashmir is not good for the polls as it was in the year 2014 during my tenure,” Omar said.
He said that “It stands the responsibility of the Election Commission of India to direct the state as well as the central government to provide adequate security arrangements for the political parties so that their campaigning won’t get affected.”
JKPCC chief said, “Keeping in view of the sufferings, we believe that the people in large number would come out from their homes and will exercise their franchise.”
He said that it is up to the state government to maintain law and order in the Valley. “Constitutionally, the state government is duty bound to maintain law and order in the valley. We have thrown our stakes before the people rest is the duty of the state government to give the people conducive atmosphere so that they can come out and choose their candidate,” Mir added.
Notably, the two parties have decided to fight the parliament by-polls together through seat sharing arrangements in the Kashmir Valley.
The NC president, Dr Farooq Abdullah will contest the elections from Srinagar seat while the JKPCC chief, G A Mir will contest from Anantnag seat. (KNS)