Jammu: The Congress on Thursday slammed National Conference for criticising the party’s decision to contest local body polls in the State and said it has not asked NC to justify their boycott.
“To stay away from elections was their (NC) own decision but they should not expect congress to back their decisions, which do not go in the larger interests of the people of the state and nation,” the chief spokesperson ofJammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee, Ravinder Sharma said in a statement.
“Our stand on the contentious issues like Art. 370 and 35-A is firm,” he said.
“NC had stayed away from 1996 Lok-Sabha elections too, but Congress bravely contested the same, paving way for the revival of democracy in the state,” Sharma said.
He further said that Congress always remained committed to the devolution and decentralization of powers to the grass root institutions of democracy in the state like in rest parts of the country.
He also questioned PDP and BJP for their dual standards and said they diluted the powers of PRI’s by carrying out illogical and anti-democratic amendment taking away right to direct elections to Sarpanchs. “We appreciate Governor N.N. Vohra, who immediately after taking over nullified the same and restored the powers to the PRIs and the common people,” Sharma added.