ASSEM­BLY ELEC­TIONS 2014 Model code won’t af­fect J&K re­lief work, says EC

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Fri­day told the Supreme Court that its model code of con­duct would not come in the way of the state gov­ern­ment’s on­go­ing re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work for flood vic­tims in Jammu and Kashmir. The state is go­ing to polls in five phases from Novem­ber 25.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore a bench headed by Chief Jus­tice HL Dattu, the coun­sel for EC said the gov­ern­ment can un­der­take all re­lief work. The bench was fur­ther in­formed about the com­mu­ni­ca­tion the poll body had with the cab­i­net sec­re­tary, the state’s chief sec­re­tary and the chief elec­toral of­fi­cer of Jammu and Kashmir to clar­ify that re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work can con­tinue un­hin­dered.

The bench fixed Novem­ber 14 to hear the is­sue raised by Jammu and Kashmir Na­tional Pan­thers Party chief Bhim Singh. Singh had sub­mit­ted be­fore the court that the model code was com­ing in the way of re­lief work and the tragedy should be de­clared as a na­tional dis­as­ter.

Mean­while, Jammu and Kashmir Awami Na­tional Con­fer­ence also moved the top court for post­pon­ing the Assem­bly polls, say­ing the sit­u­a­tion was not con­ducive as sev­eral res­i­dents were still dis­placed. A bench headed by Jus­tice J C He­lameswar, how­ever, did not is­sue any or­der on the pe­ti­tion and re­ferred it to the CJI’s bench since it is al­ready hear­ing a PIL on the re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the flood vic­tims.

The CJI’s bench ob­served it ex­pected good gov­er­nance from the state when al­le­ga­tions were made that poor qual­ity of food ar­ti­cles was be­ing sup­plied to flood vic­tims.

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