The president’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir would continue as the assembly elections would not be held in the state for now.
Announcing polling schedule for the parliamentary elections, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India Sunil Arora today said that “due to constraints in number of security forces and recent violent incidents in Jammu and Kashmir there will be no assembly elections in the state.” Arora said.
Jammu and Kashmir is presently under President’s rule which would expire in May.
CEC said only Lok Sabha elections would be held in Jammu and Kashmir. He said a three-member panel of observers will be appointed to assess the security situation for holding assembly election later .
Elections for six Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in five phases. In Anantnag Lok Sabha seat polling will take place in three phases due to security reasons.
A full team of Election Commission visited the state on March 4 and held meetings with government officials and representatives of different political parties. Almost all the political parties insisted the team to hold the assembly elections simultaneously with parliamentary elections.
The decision not to hold assembly elections drew flak from National Conference leader and former chief Omar Abdullah who cited Union home minister Rajnath Singh’s assurance that security forces would be provided for the elections and pointed out that for the first time since 1996 assembly elections were not being held. in the state.
What happened to @rajnathsingh’s assurance to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha as well as to the all party meeting recently in Delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls?
First time since 1996 Assembly elections in J&K are not being held on time. Remember this the next time you are praising PM Modi for his strong leadership.
“The Election Commission cannot disregard the recent developments…. It cannot be non-cognizant of the situation on the ground,” Arora said, responding to criticism from J&K political leaders for putting off the state elections.
Arora explained that it was not just a question of ensuring law and order but the commission also had to account for security of the candidates. If there are 8 or 10 candidates in 86 assembly seats, they would need to be given security, he said.