National Conference working President Omar Abdullah on Tuesday dared Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to hold bi-elections for Anantnag and Srinagar parliamentary seats at earliest.
"MehboobaJi when entire state was burning and thousands of people would daily participate in protests across Kashmir you claimed that only five percent people were out on roads. If such was the case then show courage by holding election to the Anantnag parliamentary seat," Omar said while addressing party convention here. "They have no courage to hold elections because you (the Chief Minister) know that your remark about five percent people was far from the ground reality."
The Anantnag-Pulwama Parliamentary seat had fallen vacant after Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti, now chief minister, decided to contest the bi-election for Anantnag assembly constituency, which had fallen vacant following the demise of former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed in January this year.
Omar, who is also former Chief Minister, said the party would decide on the candidate for Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary state as well. "We will decide on the candidature but whenever elections are held you will have to prove that Srinagar is National Conference's strongest pillar," Omar told the party supporters. "I will be by your side whenever you need my support."
The Srinagar-BudgamLokSabha seat fell vacant after former Peoples Democratic Party MP Tariq Hameed Qarra resigned from the party as well as the parliament in September this year accusing the state government of failing to stop civilian killings during the unrest this year.