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Centre, state govt creating 'confusing' over J&K panchayat polls: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

The Congress's and unit Wednesday accused the Centre and the of creating "uncertainty" over the panchayat and local bodies polls, saying it will decide on participation once the "confusing" is cleared.

The elections in the state is scheduled to be held from next month.

The and Pradesh Committee (JKPCC) would send a team to to brief the party leadership on the issue, state unit G A Mir said at a press conference here.

He said the team of senior state leaders will also hold deliberations on whether to participate in the polls.

"There is a lot of confusion over the issue of conduct of these elections. Both the Centre and the have created the confusion. There is no clarity on part of both of them.

"The stand of the on the issue seems to be fluctuating with every passing hour," he said.

Mir said the party had raised certain questions on the issue when it met and and it seemed the government was only testing waters and not serious on the issue.

We have called on the twice in the last 10 days. Yesterday, also we met him. We had raised certain question 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.

The JKPCC said the party is minutely watching the situation and wants the Centre and the state government to clear their stand on whether to conduct these polls or not.

They have themselves created an uncertainty here. We want them to clear the confusion and come out with their stand on whether to conduct the polls or not.

"The 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 party will take a decision on whether to participate," he said.

On whether the situation was conducive or not for conducting the polls, Mir said, Even a blind person will tell you that the situation is not fit for elections in Jammu and Kashmir right now.

To a question of the announcement of boycott of the polls by the the National Conference and the PDP over the issue of legal challenge to the Constitution's Article 35A, he said every party in entitled to its opinion, but linking the panchayat and local bodies polls with the hearing on the article in the by the government is wrong".

This creates apprehensions in the minds of people, Mir said.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 14:15 IST