Srinagar: Congress said on Friday that chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has been warned of defeat in by-polls for Anantnag assembly seat by her “friends” and “agencies”.
Congress state president Ghulam Ahmad Mir told reporters that Mehbooba has definitely gauged the mood of the electorate by employing the services of her “friends and agencies, as is the practice”.
“She would have apprehended the defeat in the polls,” Mir said.
Mehbooba was likely to contest from the seat held by her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who passed away three months ago.
The ECI decided to postpone the election after the government informed it the law and order situation in south Kashmir was “not conducive” for polls.
Mir, however, said the there was no law and order problem in south Kashmir, which he said is the bastion of PDP. He said the ECI did not consult the stakeholders for deferring the polls.
“How can the ECI take a decision unilaterally? EC should have sent its nominee and sought opinion of the stakeholders. It is setback to democracy,” he added.
“After state government got inputs from ground, chief secretary and DG of police were sent to Delhi to cite law and order as a problem to defer the polls,” he added.
He added the Mehbooba’s candid admission that the BJP-PDP alliance was unpopular has discouraged the party from fighting the polls.
The PDP-BJP alliance, he apprehends, would not conduct panchayat polls scheduled July this year.