Former chief minister Omar Abdullah said Tuesday that assembly polls should be held "as soon as possible" in Jammu and Kashmir to put in place an elected government to run affairs of the state, which is under the President's rule.
The National Conference (NC) vice-president also took a dig at some politicians andbureaucrats for "creating hurdles" in holding of elections of assembly jointly with Parliament elections in the state.
"We want that polls should be held as soon as possible in the state and an elected government in the state is formed so that they run the affairs of state", Adbullah told reportershere.
He was replying to a question whether his party wantsto hold assembly and Parliamentary polls jointly in the state.
The former chief minister said he "clearly" heard Singh saying inParliament that "whatever number of forces is required by election commission for holdingAssembly and Lok Sabha elections together, we will provide them".
"Some people do not want elections at this time. Some politicians are trying to create hurdles and also some bureaucrats want this system (Governor's rule) to continue sothat their accountability is not checked," Abdullah said.
Abdullah said article 370, article 35-A and accession differentiate Jammu and Kashmir from other states.
He said his party has not changed its stand onArticle 35-A, which guarantees special rights and privileges to permanent residents of the state, and is doing whatever possible to defend it.
Referring to prominent political leaders joining the National Conference, Adbullah decried the statement of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, describing leaders leaving her party as "garbage". He said the statement speaks volumes about "lowest depths" of political discourse.
He said large-scale desertions in the PDP are reflective of the "anger" among people for the "miseries" caused to them during the past three and half years.
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