CPI (M) delegation led by Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami urged the ECI (Election Commission of India) team headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora to commence the Assembly polls with Lok Sabha elections.
To assess the situation of the summer capital, the ECI landed in Srinagar on Monday. It’s a two-day visit for computing the present situation of the constituency, which is under President’s rule till May 2019, for holding the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the states of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The delegation appraised the visiting team that Jammu and Kashmir is without an elected government for the past almost nine months and in the absence of an elected government, uncertainty in the state is deepening day-by-day and dissatisfaction among large section of people is increasing,” a CPI(M) spokesperson said while explaining that the delegation called on the ECI team and raised the issues related to holding of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
The delegation said that “Only effective response to this situation is to initiate democratic process and hold elections to Assembly and Lok Sabha simultaneously. Any delay to do so will hamper the process of improvement in the situation. When President’s Rule was imposed in the state on December 19, 2018, the Union Home Minister on record said in Parliament that they will not delay holding of elections in J&K and it will be held within six months-time.” It also stated that, there is no justification whatsoever to delay Assembly elections in J&K politically or constitutionally.
The delegation informed the ECI team about the experience confirms that delay will hamper the process of improvement and any excuse to delay can’t be justified. After which, the CPI(M) leaders urged the CEC to announce the election dates for the Parliament and Assembly as soon as possible to end the prevailing political uncertainty in the sensitive state.