|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Feb 22: A day after National Conference and PDP announced not to accept recommendations of Delimitation Commission, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday said that those who are demanding early assembly elections in the region must cooperate with the panel to complete the exercise at the earliest. “Those demanding early Assembly polls must help and cooperate with the Delimitation Commission so that the process is completed and Assembly polls are held,” he said in reply to a query on when assembly polls are going to be held in the UT. He said instead of criticizing the delimitation process and staying away from the exercise, the politicians who want early assembly polls must help to end the exercise. “Once the Delimitatio
exercise ends in J-K, the Election Commission of India will assess the situation and accordingly announce the poll dates,” he said.
Downplays Farooq, Mehbooba’s ‘dialogue with Pak’ demand
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha downplayed demand of NC and PDP leadership to hold dialogue with Pakistan.
When his attention was drawn towards demands raised by NC leader Dr Farooq Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to hold dialogue with Pakistan, the Lt Governor said, “Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will take care of such things”. For quite some time NC and PDP leaderships were demanding dialogue with Pakistan to end violence in Kashmir Valley. Even today after her re-election as PDP president, Mehbooba reiterated her demand of holding talks with Pakistan.
On Sunday NC president, Dr Farooq Abdullah has announced not to accept recommendations of the Delimitation Commission. Echoing in similar voice PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has raised questions on the panel constituted by the government to redraw Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies in J&K.
“I myself (as Chief Minister) delayed the delimitation exercise because the delimitation was scheduled to take place in the country in 2026. What was the reason for carrying out the delimitation at this time? Why not go for the exercise in the entire country instead of picking up only a few states? That is our issue,” Farooq said.