Postponing elections in J&K major setback for democracy: Farooq Abdullah

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SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah has said that he will contest from Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency. He was talking to media persons here on Tuesday. While commenting on any prospective alliance with any political party, Dr Abdullah said, “The position will be clear in a few days from now. We are deliberating on the matter.”
NC president expressed dismay on Election Commission of India’s announcement of not holding assembly polls simultaneously with Lok Sabha elections in J&K saying it is a major setback for democracy in the state.

Jammu and Kashmir, March 08 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader Dr. Farooq Abdullah addressing media in Srinagar on Friday. (ANI Photo)

“Postponement of assembly polls can have serious ramifications across the state. The ones who took this democratically incoherent decision must be up to some mischief otherwise there is no sound reason for not conducting both assembly and Lok Sabha elections together. If the situation is conducive for parliament elections, what stops them from conducting assembly elections at the same time,” he said.
Dr Abdullah made serious allegations against the BJP-led Centre, saying it ordered the air strike in Pakistan’s Balakot with the “sole purpose” of winning Lok Sabha elections. The Srinagar MP alleged the BJP has “failed” on all fronts and it was apprehended that there would be a fight or skirmish with Pakistan before the polls so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi becomes some kind of an “avatar” without whom India cannot survive.

“This surgical strike (air strike) was done only for the purpose of election…Totally for the election. We lost an aircraft worth crores of rupees. Be thankful that the IAF pilot (Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman) survived and returned from Pakistan with respect,” Dr Abdullah said.

“In the Parliament, we knew they have failed on all other things and that there would be a fight or a skirmish with Pakistan in Kashmir so that he (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) becomes some kind of an ‘avatar’ without whom India cannot survive. But I want to tell him that whether he or I live or not, India will live and move forward,” the former chief minister said.