JKSECC slams govt for ‘rigid approach’ on holding ULB, Panchayat polls

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Socio Economic Coordination Committee (JKSECC), an amalgam of 27 civil society organisations, has castigated the state government for its “rigid approach” vis-a-vis holding of ULB and Panchayat elections despite the adverse ground realities here.
In a meeting held to discuss the announcement of schedule for these elections, the members observed that such a decision is fraught with adverse consequences and negative political ramifications, an official statement issued here said.
“How can the Governor administration ignore the brewing anger among the people of Jammu and Kashmir over day to day killings and other brutalities across the length and breadth of J&K apart from the sinister attempts of onslaught on their identity and status?” the JKSECC said.
The group said it believes that holding of such elections “under the shadow of gun” is only to hoodwink the international community that all is hunky dory in Kashmir.
“Both the central as well as state government have maintained a criminal and thundering silence on their plans to deal with the petitions pending in the Supreme Court challenging the protective shield given to our state subject laws which is some food for thought,” the statement said.
JKSECC is of the opinion that Election Commission has been “ill advised” and needs to have a rethink after independently evaluating the ground situation.
“The (Election) Commission should know that politicians at Delhi have vested interests and intend to cash upon and sell the further possible killings of innocent people of Kashmir to their advantage,” JKSECC said.