New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said situation in the state was not conducive for holding Assembly elections due to the recent floods.
Talking to reporters after meeting Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Omar said while the state government has the capability to hold the elections, a distinction should be made whether it is the opportune time.
He, however, made it clear that it was the Election Commission which would take a final call. “Look my party (National Conference) has made it very clear that this is not the opportune time to hold the elections. We believe that at this point of time people are struggling to rebuild their life,” he said. The six-year term of the 87-member Assembly ends on January 19, 2015.
The Chief Minister said the recent floods had not hit some sparsely populated rural areas but some of the most heavily populated areas of Kashmir Valley. “The capital city anyway had less than optimum turnout in elections. Tomorrow when zero percentage turnouts will happen in Srinagar, who will you blame for that. You certainly cannot blame me.
“Because I am not the one who is pushing for elections. You have to blame those people who are trying to hold elections,” he said.
Omar said by holding elections at this point of time, more misery will be brought to people and hence the National Conference made it clear its stand to the Election Commission even though the party was in minority in that meeting.
“We leave it to the Election Commission to decide. As far as the state government is concerned, as I am not talking here on behalf of the National Conference, the state government has made the distinction of whether we can hold the elections and whether we should hold the election.
“We are in a position to hold the elections in terms of our ability to hold the elections. We can hold that. We have to draw the distinction between the two. Whether it is the opportune time to hold the elections that is for the Election Commission to decide,” he said.