Amidst polls Governor says Srinagar mayor ‘foreign educated’, NC says remarks cast shadow on elections

Amidst polls Governor says Srinagar mayor ‘foreign educated’, NC says remarks cast shadow on elections
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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday said Governor Satyapal Malik’s recent remark favoring a particular individual for the post of Mayor of Srinagar is shocking and puts a big question mark on the impartiality of the governor’s office.

A statement said the ongoing election process is a smokescreen to hide the machinations of the governor’s office to throttle the democratic institutions in the state.

The statement read that the party isn’t against any person becoming the mayor but the way governor has unequivocally expressed his intentions, while talking to a private news channel, by hinting towards a particular individual before-hand for mayor’s post of Srinagar is what casts a shadow on the whole election process already mired in controversies and the rules of engagement as per the established norms.

Malik had said that Srinagar city will get a mayor who is foreign educated.

He made the revelation in an interview with New Delhi based NDTV on Monday evening.

Both the parties, Jammu and Kashmir National conference and Peoples Democratic Party have boycotted the elections citing the hearing of article 35-A in Supreme Court of India.

“These parties (NC and PDP) are regretting that (they) are not participating. Because, in Srinagar they are getting a mayor who is foreign educated. He is a young leader and if he emerges, this will send jitter(s) to these parties,” he said.

The governor said that both the parties were ready to fight the elections without symbol.

“Mehbooba Ji, Farooq Abdullah, his son were ready to participate in the elections… if there is no symbol thing we will fight…  but there was no consensus…”

The NC statement maintained that the councilors elected from various wards exercise their democratic right and elect a mayor after following the whole process as enshrined in the rule books. “There is already a big question mark on the fairness of ongoing ULB elections in the valley. Adding to the confusion, governor’s remarks reveal that he has no reverence for the due process of elections,” the statement said.

The party leaders emphasized that the active indulgence of governor into the politics has demeaned the reputation of the office of governor.