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Hold polls in J-K 'as soon as possible': Omar

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Former said Tuesday that assembly polls should be held "as soon as possible" in to put in place an elected government to run affairs of the state, which is under the President's rule.

The National Conference (NC) also took a dig at some politicians andbureaucrats for "creating hurdles" in holding of elections of assembly jointly with 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", told reportershere.

He was replying to a question whether his party wantsto hold assembly and Parliamentary polls jointly in the state.

"Either he (Rajnath Singh) has deceived the Parliament. If you say sahib hasdeceived Parliament, what can I say (on holding of jointelections in J&K))," he said.

The former said he "clearly" heard Singh saying inParliament that "whatever number of forces is required by election commission for holdingAssembly and elections together, we will provide them".

The NC took note of alleged attempts being made to delay polls in the state.

"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.

The former also took a dig at Jammu and KashmirGovernor over his reported remarks that J&K is like any other state and records more murders in a day than J&K.

"To say is like any other state, itis wrong. If this Governor, who has been of before, says like this, then Nitish Kumar (CM) has toclarify", he said.

Abdullah said article 370, article 35-A and accession differentiate 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, decried the statement of PDP 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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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 20:35 IST