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'Situation not conducive for elections in J&K'

india Updated: Sep 21, 2008 15:16 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference (ANC) of former Chief Minister GM Shah on Sunday asserted that the situation was not conducive for elections in the state.

"The current situation in the state is not conducive at all for electoral process and such exercise will have disastrous implications which can engulf the entire country," ANC General Secretary Mir Mohammad Shafi said in a statement in Srinagar on Sunday.

He said his party was not in favour of holding polls in the state for time being and suggested resumption of dialogue process at all levels to carry forward the peace process.

"ANC deems it proper to desist from such exercise (polls) as of now and instead recommends the immediate resumption of dialogue at all levels paving way for peace process to move forward," Shafi said.

Apparently referring to arch rival National Conference, Shafi said, "People showing impatience towards holding of polls and ignoring the ground realities should keep in mind that it is 2008 and not 1996 or 2002 (when last two elections were held in the state)."

Demanding resolution of Kashmir issue as per the United Nations resolutions, Shafi said, "Polls or government formation are mere administrative matters and in no way affect the disputed nature of the issue. The ANC stands firm on the resolutions adopted by the United Nations towards the settlement of the crisis."