Anantnag: The Congress and National Conference on Tuesday said they will not contest elections unless Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti resigns and Governor’s Rule is established in the state. The NC-Congress demanded Mehbooba’s resignation after handing over a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Syed Abid Shah.
The NC-Congress alliance’s candidate for Anantnag parliamentary seat, GA Mir, told reporters, “We have decided to not contest any election unless and until Mehbooba Mufti resigns as CM and the Governor takes over the reins of the state.”
He said that without taking other candidates into consideration, the decision to defer the Anantnag by-poll was taken on the appeal of a single candidate, referring to PDP’s Tasadduq Mufti who had asked for the postponing of the elections.
“The other candidates should have been taken into confidence before any decision on the conduct of polls,” Mir said.
Holding the state government responsible for the civilian killings in Budgam on the day of the Srinagar seat by-election, Mir said, “The circumstances cited for deferment of polls are a doing of the state government. State government is solely responsible for the civilian killings on poll day in Srinagar constituency.”
The delegation led by GA Mir included senior Congress leader Taj Mohiuddin, NC’s Pahalgam MLA Altaf Kuloo, and many other local leaders from both the parties. Raising anti-government slogans, the delegation presented a memorandum to the DC Anantnag.
Following the widespread violence in the Srinagar seat by-poll, the by-poll scheduled on April 12 in Anantnag constituency was deferred to May 25 by the election commission.