Assembly Elections In Jammu And Kashmir Shall Be Considered Later This Year, Schedule To Be Announced After Conclusion Of Amarnath Yatra: Election Commission

Jammu and Kashmir Lok Sabha Elections

The Election Commission has announced that the pending Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be conducted later in 2019. 

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

The Election Commission has announced that the pending Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be considered later in 2019. 

They further announced that the Election Commission will 'regularly and on a real-time basis' keep a tab on the situation in the state. 

Following the conclusion of the Amarnath Yatra that will commence from July 1, the election schedule will be announced. 

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Regional parties Farooq Abdullah's National Conference, Mehbooba Mufti's PDP, and national parties BJP and Congress will be the four leading players in the state where there are a total of 87 assembly seats with 46 seats in Kashmir, 37 in Jammu and 4 in Ladakh.

In a meeting conducted by the Election Commission on May 1, it said that the poll panel will 'seek clarification on certain aspects' from the Home Ministry and will also 'seek the opinion of an eminent legal expert in the context of ongoing President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir'

Following the collapse of the BJP-PDP government in June 2018, the state was under the Governor's rule since June 19 last year and after six months was brought under the President's rule on December 19 last year. 

The President's rule, in this case, will be extended from June 20, 2019, by the Lok Sabha as a government will not be formed by the date.

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Promptly after taking charge at the office, Home Minister Amit Shah held multiple meetings, keeping Jammu and Kashmir at the crux of it. 

According to sources, closed-door meetings are being held ever since Amit Shah official took charge in the Home Ministry along with high officials including Special Secretary, IB chief, NSA chief, RAW chief, and Army officials along with the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik.

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