Omar, Mehbooba oppose delay in Assembly polls

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Mar 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “surrendered” before Pakistan, militants and separatists, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah said today , soon after the Election Commission’s no to simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
“In light of the failure to conduct Assembly elections on time in J&K I’m retweeting my tweets from a few days ago. PM Modi has surrendered to Pakistan, to the militants & to the hurriyat. Well done Modi Sahib. 56 inch chest failed. #slowclap,” Omar, the NC vice-president, wrote on Twitter.
Omar said Modi’s “abject surrender” to anti-India forces is “a crying shame”.
“Balakote & Uri are not symbols of PM Modi’s handling of national security, J&K is and look at the mess he has made there. The abject surrender to anti-India forces is a crying shame, he said.
The former Chief Minister said it was for the first time since 1996 that Assembly elections in the State were not being held on time.
“Remember this the next time you are praising PM Modi for his strong leadership, he said.
Omar said in 2014, J-K had Lok Sabha elections on time and Assembly elections on the schedule even after the most devastating floods, but delaying them now “shows how badly the BJP & earlier the BJP-PDP mishandled J&K.
“What happened to (Union Home Minister) @rajnathsingh’s assurance to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha as well as to the all party meeting recently in Delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls?, he asked in another tweet.
Omar said he never thought Modi would be willing to confess his failure on a global stage by not conducting the Assembly polls on time in J-K.
“With the amount of international attention elections in J&K attract, I never thought PM Modi would be willing to confess his failure on a global stage but we all make mistakes & that was mine, he said.
Meanwhile, former Chief Minister and president People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti has also strongly opposed the decision taken by the Election Commission of India of not holding Assembly and Parliament elections simultaneously in Jammu and Kashmir.
She said that delaying the conduction of Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir is tantamount to denying basic rights of the people of the State to have a popular Government.
“It is very dangerous to keep the State in the hands of unelected representatives of the Centre. It will further complicate the problems in the State and the decision taken by Election Commission needs an immediate review,” Mehbooba said in a statement.
The PDP president added that this was not expected of the Election Commission of India and the decision to hold Lok Sabha polls and at the same time delay in Assembly elections doesn’t make any sense.
“It sows the seeds of suspicion among the people about the designs of Government of India and doesn’t convey a good message to the people of Jammu and Kashmir about an independent institution like the Election Commission,” said Mehbooba.
She added that ECI’s decision goes contrary to what the Home Minister has repeatedly said that GoI is ready to hold simultaneous elections in Jammu and Kashmir. This change in the schedule makes the entire process highly suspicious, she added.