Srinagar: Mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir will not participate in the Panchayat and civic body elections that have been announced by the election commission.
NC leader Mohammad Ali Sagar told Kashmir Reader that the elections were a “futile exercise”. He said that the Government of India (GoI) must first clear its stand on Article 35A.
“Government should not have linked Article 35A with the elections in the state. Now the only option GoI has for ensuring polls are conducted in the state is to clear its stand on the state subject law,” Sagar said.
CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said their party is “not participating in the elections” because the situation in the state has deteriorated due to attempts to abrogate the state subject law. He said the CPI(M) has suggested a credible programme of dialogue to the GoI but there has been no response yet.
“The last hearing on Article 35A was linked with the local body polls. Now we expect GoI to come forward in this context and clear its stand so that the disturbed people could be pacified,” Tarigami said.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Monga told Kashmir Reader that the situation in the state is “not fit for conducting election”. He said the party is yet to decide its future course of action regarding the polls.
“We have not yet taken any solid decision whether to participate in the election or not, but we will decide within a couple of days,” Monga said.