Congress to participate in civic polls

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee ended its dilemma Wednesday announcing the party will participate in the upcoming civic polls, saying they won’t give RSS-BJP a free hand in the process.
Congress to participate in civic polls
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Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee ended its dilemma Wednesday announcing the party will participate in the upcoming civic polls, saying they won't give RSS-BJP a free hand in the process.  

"We have decided to participate in local bodies' elections with full might," JKPCC, president, G A Mir told reporters here. 

"If we boycott, we are giving free hand to RSS-BJP and other communal forces."

Mir said boycotting these elections would be irresponsible. 

"If we can't stop RSS-BJP at this juncture, it means we are shying away from responsibility," he said. 

"But we won't do that as we are answerable."

However, the party's state chief said the decision of participation could be reversed if the security environment and fairness of the polls comes under question.

Expressed concern over the prevailing security conditions for probable candidates, Mir said Congress party had already informed the Governor thrice, but had received "no guarantee" which was the prime concern. "Our condition for participation is security and free and fair elections," Mir said. 

"If there was no quality secure environment and rigging we can re-consider our decision."

The JKPPC president said boycott of these elections by half a dozen political parties may be a part of a bigger game plan. 

"There might be (some kind of) understanding and this time they will give all three regions to RSS-BJP and tomorrow in turn they will be something else," he said, adding that Congress will try its best to keep RSS-BJP away. 

"Otherwise villagers have to bear the brunt of RSS-BJP for five years."

Allocation of funds for development also helped the Congress party make the decision.

"Incase more funds get released after transfer of powers to grass root level, Congress will not stay away from these elections," he said. 

"We are with development and we want it at any cost."   

Mir said his party will safeguard Article 35 A. 

"We discussed it at higher level, we have got the legal opinion on the issue," he said. Mir said Congress party will field candidates who will fight these elections with "full might". "I hope people will defeat fascist forces." he said. Senior Congress leaders, G N Monga and Sham Lal Sharma were present during the press conference

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