Hope Centre, EC would hold LA polls in J&K soon: Omar

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/19/2019 10:46:31 AM

SRINAGAR, Apr 18: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah today hoped that the Centre and Election Commission of India (ECI) will hold assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir soon after the completion of the Lok Sabha polls.
Omar was talking to media persons after casting his vote at a polling booth at Burn Hall School here. National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah, who is also the party candidate for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, cast his vote there.
“I only hope that having seen the environment in which we were able to conduct both the campaign for north Kashmir and also central Kashmir and hopefully south Kashmir as well, the government of India gets off its high horse and gives the people of Jammu and Kashmir the opportunity to choose an elected government sooner rather than later because they are now running out of excuses to delay assembly elections,” Omar said.
He said assembly elections in the state were delayed because of parliament. “Now the parliament elections are due to conclude. We can only hope that the Centre together with the ECI gives the people of Jammu and Kashmir an elected government which is their right,” the former chief minister said.
He termed the ongoing Lok Sabha polls significantly different from the by-elections of 2017 that NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah won. “In that election we barely managed one or two public meetings outdoors. All our election activity was confined to closed rooms and walled off areas. In this election thankfully we found the electorate for more receptive,” Omar said.
“I do not know what that will mean for turnouts but at least in terms of the atmosphere for campaigning and the receptiveness of the people to the message that we were taking out to them it is a far more receptive electorate today than it was in 2017,” he added.



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