Chidambaram said that Congress and other J&K-based political parties and leaders want statehood first and Assembly elections afterwards
Congress leader and former Home Minister, P. Chidambaram on Friday said that the restoration of statehood was necessary for conducting free and fair elections in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a series of tweets, the Congress leader said that Congress and other J&K-based political parties and leaders want statehood first and Assembly elections afterward. He, however, lamented that the Centre’s response was opposite to the demands.
“Congress and other J&K parties and leaders want Statehood first and Elections afterward. Government’s response is Elections first and Statehood later,” he tweeted.
He went on to state that the Assembly elections should be conducted when the statehood is restored and not vice versa. Only such elections will be free and fair, according to Mr. Chidambaram.
He said, “The horse pulls the cart. A state must conduct elections. Only such elections will be free and fair,” and asked, “Why does the government want the cart in front and the horse behind? It is bizarre.”
It is pertinent to mention that the restoration of J-K’s statehood dominated the discussion at the all-Party meeting of J&K-based political parties with the Central government led by PM Narendra Modi on Thursday.
The leaders from Jammu and Kashmir have sought restoration of statehood to the erstwhile state at the earliest apart from conducting Assembly elections.