Hold civic poll on non-party basis: Congress urges Governor

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president GA Mir on Sunday urged Governor SP Malik to build a consensus on holding the urban and local bodies elections on a non-party basis.

“So far there has just been the mere announcement of elections… the Governor should build a consensus on holding municipal elections on a non-party basis just like the panchayat polls were held in the past… political parties can be kept away,” Mir said while addressing a press conference here.

However, he reiterated the party stand that elections should be held after ensuring peace in the state. “We have a core group meeting on September 11 where we will discuss the situation and get feedback from all. We are the only party that met the Governor and submitted a memorandum. We presented in written that first the law and order should be reviewed. Till there is peace, it will not be conducive to hold elections,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mir said the Congress would sit on a six-hour-long dharna tomorrow as part of the country-wide protests against price rise. He also appealed to trade bodies and the civil society to stage protests tomorrow at their respective levels as the issue of price rise concerned everybody.

All India Congress Committee spokesperson Meem Afzal, who was also present on the occasion, said 21 political parties across the country, including the National Conference, had extended support to the Congress protest tomorrow.

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