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Delay in Assembly elections will harm democratic system: Rafi Mir

Sajad Bashir

Srinagar 12 March (KNB): The election commission of India on Sunday announced that only Lok Sabha elections are going to be held and the assembly elections will be held later citing the recent violent events and the security reasons .
The decision to uphold the assembly elections in the state of Jammu and Kashmir has erupted a wide criticism terming the move as a failure of the center, the assembly elections were due in month of May and the all regional and national parties appealed the election commission team for conducting of Assembly elections along with the parliamentary elections .
Talking to Kashmir news Bureau Rafi Mir a prominent leader of people’s Democratic Party said “ as assured by the union Government and the Home Minister Rajnath that there were no security problems in the state for holding the election in state, we were expecting the assembly elections would be conducted along with the Lok Sabha election but unfortunately the elections were deferred .
He added governors rule is temporary and as per supreme court guidelines the elections should be held within six months of the emergency governors or presidential rule .
He further added that the deferment of assembly elections is against these guidelines which is not good for democracy, it will harm the democratic system and political parties , and will send a wrong signal inside and outside state on the democratic system and hoped that central government will conduct the assembly elections as soon as possible
Earlier the former Chief Minister and National conference leader raised the queries on the decision and tweeted ”what happened to @ Rajnath singh ,s assurance to lok sabha and Rajya sabha as well as to all party meeting recently in delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls .
The decision of deferring the assembly has also set a volley of criticism at the national level and the bhartiya samaj party (BSP) supremo Mayawati slammed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for deferring the assembly elections in the state
Taking to Twitter mayawati said “ denying the assembly election along with the Lok Sabha is a poor reflection and indicative of Modi government failure of Kashmir policy. (KNB)

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