Srinagar: National Conference said on Tuesday that postponement of by polls in Anantnag indicated that “the Election Commission of India were hand in glove with the state government”.
NC General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar told reporters at a press conference that deferment of polls after PDP candidate Tasaduq Mufti requested for it shows “the ECI is hand in glove with the government”.
He said the finger is being raised at credibility of the Commission after it deferred polls, adding the party had already warned that situation was not good for polls.
“But the government showed its arrogance and claimed it was ready for the polls,” he said.
Sagar said the government of India has said it had not been informed about the elections prior to the issuance of notification, while the state government claims it had written to the ECI urging them to defer the polls.
“With such contradictory statements we fail to understand who is running the state,” Sagar added.
Asking the government to quit as they “don’t deserve to rule the people whom they are targeting with the bullets”, Sagar said “the government deliberately pushed the situation to the brink to enforce boycott as they knew people were angry with them”.
He said rather than holding polls, the government should have focussed on improving the situation, adding the “hurry cost eight innocent people their lives”.
He said the government should have initiated a dialogue with the resistance leadership.
Former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather called the killings a “political murder”.
He said Budgam, where seven of the eight killings occurred, had been witnessing good turnout in elections during militancy.
“Therefore the government targeted the area to enforce boycott there,” he said, adding “how is it possible for the people to vote while they were wailing over the innocent killings”.
He said that prior to the elections; the one militant was killed in Chadoora who according to his sources had urged for the surrender as he was ill. “The government, while carrying out the plot to destabilizing the situation, killed him instead of arresting the ailing militant,” he said.