Congress to respect poll verdict in Maha, Har: Soz

Congress on Saturday said it would respect the verdict given by voters in the recently-held Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana whose result will be declared tomorrow.

PTI| Updated: Oct 18, 2014, 21:05 PM IST

Jammu: Congress on Saturday said it would respect the verdict given by voters in the recently-held Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana whose result will be declared tomorrow.

The party also said that it would go with the decision of the people of Jammu and Kashmir who want the Assembly elections to be held as per schedule.

"We believe in democracy and we are ready to accept whatever verdict the voters of these two states have given. Whatever the verdict is we will hold introspection after the results are declared," senior Congress leader and Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Saif-ud-din Soz said here.

Commenting on the exit polls that predict a majority for BJP in Maharashtra, Soz said, "The situation would have been much different if NCP and Congress would have fought the elections together, but even the BJP and the Shiv Sena had to split before the elections."

While accepting that there were corrupt elements within the party in Maharashtra, Soz said, "The chief minister of Maharashtra is a very honest politician, but yes there can be some corrupt elements within the government there."

When asked to comment on the waving of Islamic State (IS) flags in Kashmir, Soz said that media must not pay heed to the acts of "some stupid elements."

"When the media will stop highlighting the act of a few stupid individuals, they will themselves stop waving these flags," he said.

Soz said that his party would favor the decision of the Election Commission for holding Assembly elections in the state.

"We have conveyed to the EC team that we would go with the decision of the people and the people in the state want the elections to be held as per the schedule. The people here feel that only the new government can provide relief and rehabilitation to the flood-affected people," Soz said.

"Whatever was said (by Prime Minister Narendra Modi) has not been implemented on ground, though various teams from the Central government visited the valley, but implementation is still awaited," Soz said.

He said that while the Modi government was making "noise" over the reduction of the petroleum prices in India, there was a decline of petroleum prices in the global market that the Union government was trying to take the credit for.

"The crude oil prices have fallen globally," Soz said.

Ruling out any pre-poll alliance with any political party in the state, Soz said, "We will not enter into any pre-poll alliance with any political party and the post-poll alliance can only be decided after the elections are held and the results are declared".

While lauding the recent cabinet decision of recommending a one-time resettlement package for the refugees of Pakistan- occupied-Kashmir, Soz said, "From the beginning we have maintained that integrity of Jammu and Kashmir was of utmost importance and from the very beginning we have stood with the PoK refugees. Our party has always supported their demands," Soz said.

He said that his party was in favor of allotting a plot of 5 Marlas each to the resident of the border villages who fall victim to the cross border firing.