Srinagar, May 02: As Election Commission of India (ECI) cancelled the Anantnag parliamentary by-polls, the opposition political parties on Tuesday said that the decision is aimed to save the coalition government from the embarrassment.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Chief, G A Mir told KNS that step taken by the ECI is aimed to save the coalition government from embarrassment.
“I believe the atmosphere in South Kashmir was more conducive than Srinagar. Every section of people in South Kashmir had resolved to cast their ballots against the PDP, therefore the ECI cancelled elections to save the image of PDP,” he said.
National Conference (NC) General Secretary and MLA Khanyar, Ali Muhammad Sagar said that the cancellation of the Anantnag parliamentary by-polls has put question mark on ECI’s credibility.
“ECI has taken this decision on the recommendation of the coalition government in the state. Earlier, everybody urged ECI to postpone the by-polls keeping in view of the unfavourable atmosphere but they continued with their decision and later PDP’s candidate urged the commission to postpone the election, which was agreed by the ECI,” he told KNS.
The Election Commission of India today cancelled the by-polls for Anantnag parliament seat scheduled for 25th of this month, stating that holding free and fair elections would not be possible in the prevailing situation. (KNS)