Cong, CPM call decision to hold civic polls farcical
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.