Cong, CPM call de­ci­sion to hold civic polls far­ci­cal

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New Delhi: Congress on Mon­day said the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to hold block de­vel­op­ment coun­cil (BDC) polls in J&K when all main­stream po­lit­i­cal lead­ers are in jail was a far­ci­cal ex­er­cise.

J&K chief elec­tion com­mis­sioner Shailen­dra Ku­mar had an­nounced on Sun­day that the polls across J&K and Ladakh would be held on Oc­to­ber 24.

For­mer J&K chief min­is­ter and se­nior Congress leader Ghu­lam Nabi Azad ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of uni­lat­er­ally de­cid­ing reser­va­tion of seats for SCs, STs and women with­out fol­low­ing the man­dated pro­ce­dure of set­ting up a de­lim­i­ta­tion com­mit­tee in which all po­lit­i­cal par­ties must be rep­re­sented.

“It is amaz­ing that when lead­ers of all main­stream par­ties have been in jail for two months, the gov­ern­ment uni­lat­er­ally launched a de­lim­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise to which seats to re­serve for who. Since BJP is the only party cam­paign­ing in the state right now, af­ter fix­ing every­thing to their ad­van­tage, they have now an­nounced polls,” Azad said.

The CPM also re­ferred to the an­nounce­ment of the polls as a “trav­esty of democ­racy” and said they “will be noth­ing but a sham”. Re­fer­ring to the gov­ern­ment’s des­per­ate at­tempts to por­tray that every­thing in Kash­mir was “nor­mal” de­spite the un­prece­dented clam­p­down on com­mu­ni­ca­tions and con­tin­ued in­car­cer­a­tion of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and ac­tivists, CPM said it proved that the polls will be noth­ing but a sham.

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