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Srinagar, Sep 9 (UNI) The election process in Jammu and Kashmir received yet another setback with the state unit of the Communist Party of India (M) saying there could be no elections in the state unless situation on the ground improved.

Clarifying the CPI(M) stand on conducting Assembly elections, party state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said that a section of media has unnecessarily distorted the opinion expressed by the representative of party at a meeting with the Election Commission yesterday.

The fact of the matter is that at this meeting CPI(M) stressed that an atmosphere and environment conducive to hold free and fair elections be created before embarking on holding polls, he said.

The views expressed at the meeting are consistent with the views expressed by the state unit of the party from time to time, he said.

"Let me reiterate that CPI(M) is of the considered opinion that unless conditions on the ground improve, unless faith of electorate is restored in the process, unless specific problems, issues and concerns of the public are addressed, rushing through with elections will not yield results for which they are to be held," Mr Tarigami added.

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