Mir threatens to pull out of polls; demands Governor’s rule

Mir threatens to pull out of polls; demands Governor’s rule

Srinagar: After the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-election in Kashmir was postponed from April 12 to May 25 2017, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress candidate in the said by-poll, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, has threatened to pull out of the election.
He demanded that Governor’s rule be imposed in the state and that too with immediate effect.
“The Congress and the National Conference (NC) alliance is considering pulling out of all future elections if Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti did not resign from her post,” media reports quoting Mir said on Tuesday.
Mir sought the resignation owing to the Election Commission’s move to postpone Anantnag Lok Sabha by-poll based on a report furnished by Mehbooba government.
Mir, who is the president of the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee, told International Business Times India that both the Congress and the NC were currently mulling over whether to pull out of all future elections in the state.
He added, “It was on the assurance of the PDP government that the EC had decided to conduct elections in J&K. The government had said everything was OK in the state. Now, with all indications pointing to their defeat in Srinagar, they have made the EC postpone the by-election.”
“We have sent a memorandum to the EC, through the local returning officer, telling them that I will pull out of the election if Governor’s rule is not implemented in the state,” the report said quoting Mir.

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