Panchayat & ULB polls: ‘Confused’ Congress to decide after consulting high command

Panchayat & ULB polls: ‘Confused’ Congress to decide after consulting high command
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Srinagar: The J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Wednesday appeared both confused and insecure about participating in Panchayat and Urban Local Body polls, despite holding three back-to-back core group meetings within 24 hours.
The top state Congress leadership had also held a meeting on Tuesday with Governor Satya Pal Malik.
The JKPCC on Wednesday said that the central and state governments have created “uncertainty” over the polls. It said the party will decide on participation once the “confusion” is cleared.
The elections are scheduled to be held from next month.
Senior Congress leader GN Monga told
Kashmir Reader that a two-member team of JKPCC will fly to New Delhi on Thursday to meet the party high command. “The final decision will be taken after consultations with the party high command,” he said.
He said that the situation in the state does not favour polls. “The situation is not favourable. Our members are feeling insecure,” he said.
Monga said that there is a lot of confusion over the issue of conduct of these elections. “There is no clarity on part of the centre as well as the state government,” he said.
He said that the state government itself seems confused whether the elections should be held or not.
“Their stand seems to be fluctuating with every passing hour,” he said.
When asked that the state’s chief secretary had already cleared the air and said that the elections will be held on time, Monga said, “Let the election commission come clear on the elections. That will help us to take a decision.”
Although party insiders said that “staying away from elections” was also discussed in the meeting, no Congress leader confirmed this.
“Let the two-member team go to Delhi tomorrow. Only then can we make any announcement about our participation in the elections,” Monga said. “We have to take the party high command on board.”
Earlier, addressing a presser in Srinagar after chairing a third core group meeting in Srinagar, state Congress chief GA Mir said that the party has certain apprehensions. “We raised the same when we met Governor Satya Pal Malik and it seemed the government was only ‘testing the waters’ and was not serious on the issue,” Mir said.
“We have called on the Governor twice in the last 10 days. Yesterday also we met him. We had raised certain questions on the preparations for these polls, but the concerns have not been addressed. The polls were announced without taking anyone onboard. It seems that the government is only testing the waters,” he said.
Mir demanded that the government should put up a credible person before the people and ensure them that it is ready for the polls. “Once the confusion is cleared, the Congress party will take a decision on whether to participate,” he said.
Mir said that the decision of National Conference and the PDP to boycott the polls by linking the polls with the hearing on Article 35-A in the Supreme Court was wrong.
“This creates apprehensions in the minds of people,” Mir said.