Srinagar, Mar 11: State President of Congress G A Mir on Monday censured the Centre Government’s deferment of Assembly election in the state, describing this move as “not in the benefit of democracy.” He said this while J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) reviewed the organizational affairs and activities in Kashmir valley in a meeting of senior party functionaries. According to a statement, he said “ the Centre has once again proved that it was interested to give people an elected Govt thereby sacrificing their urges and aspirations in all the three regions.” Mir emphasized the leaders to gear up for the challenges to “defeat the designs of forces inimical to democracy and secularism.” He also expressed serious concern over the decision of ECI not to simultaneous polls in the State, mentioning that “Centre Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has certified that it has miserably failed to give people an elected Govt in J&K, besides failing to contain the situation in the valley, as a result, the polls were gain deferred.” Mir also censured the Centre Government for “mishandling” the situation in valley adding the deferment of Assembly Elections is “indicative of lack of interest to restore democratic set up on the part of Centre.” “People of all the three regions were feeling disappointed over the decision of ECI, for the fact, the decision of ECI was detrimental to urges and aspirations of the people. They wanted to see the elected Govt at the earliest,” he said. Among other who were present in the meeting included Senior Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Salman Anees Soz, Hilal Ahmad Shah, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Shoiab Nabi Lone, Gulam Nabi Mir Lasjan, Manzoor Ahmad Ganai, Abdul Gani Khan, Irfan Naqib, Haji Farooq Mir, Imtiyaz Parray, Shameema Iqbal, Shameema Raina, Shaheena Needa, Abid Kashmiri, Sahil Farooq, Ab. Qayoom Shah, Gh. Mohi U din Bhat and others.