PM meeting mainstream leaders on Kashmir this evening

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Srinagar, Oct 10 (UNI) Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is meeting leaders of different political parties here in the evening after dedicating to people the Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project at Chanderkote, Ramban in Jammu region today.

The meeting is being held, about 48-hours after a three-member Election Commission of India (ECI), headed by Chief election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami held detailed interactions with the representatives of seven national and three state recognised political parties and sought their view points with respect to the forthcoming Elections to the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.

It also assumes significance as the ECI has taken a final decision on holding of polls as almost all the parties based in the valley, including National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Communist Party of India (M) had informed the delegation that situation was not conducive for early elections in the state.

However, the leaders of these parties have said they will contest the polls if held even without addressing their concerns.

The Jammu-based parties, including the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), National Panthers Party (NPP) and others have however favoured timely elections in the state to avoid imposition of Presidents rule in the state.

The PDP, CPI(M) and NC wanted some more time to make things better for larger participation of the people in the democratic process.

Sources close to these parties said they will seek the implementation of recommendations of five Working Groups (WGs) set up by Dr Singh on Kashmir. The WGs have submitted their recommendation and there is no reason to delayed their implementation. The parties will urge Dr Singh regarding this during the meeting this evening.

The parties will also reiterate that situation is not conducive for polls and if the ECI will go ahead with the process it will not be credible, the sources said.

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