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GOI in no mood to hold Parliament, assembly elections together in JK
Letter shot by ECI to state's political parties specifically mentions parliament polls as discussion point
1/16/2019 11:12:29 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Jan 16: The Government of India seems to be in no mood to hold the parliament and assembly elections together in JK as the state's Chief Electoral Officer has been asked call a meeting of all political parties to specifically discuss parliament polls in the state.
The letter signed by Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Anil Salgotra reads: "In order to review the general preparedness for the forthcoming general elections 2019, Chief Electoral Officer, J&K has desired to convene a meeting of all political parties on 18th January, 2019 at 11 a.m in his office chamber, Vikas Bhawan Railhead complex, Jammu. Accordingly, I am directed to request you to attend the said meeting on the scheduled date and time."
The letter has meanwhile hinted that there is no plan in hand of the central government to hold the assembly as well as the parliament elections together in Jammu and Kashmir. As per the reports, the government may go ahead with the conduction of parliament polls and would shelf the assembly polls for now.
On January 3, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is willing to hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir along with General Elections which are slated to be held by May. "If Election Commission wants (to hold elections in state along with general elections), our government will have no objection," Singh said replying to a debate on proclamation of imposition of Central rule in the state. He said there would be no obstruction from the Centre for holding elections in the state. We are willing to provide whatever security force Election Commission wants for holding elections there" he said. After 1996, this is the first time the Central rule has been imposed in the militancy-hit state. Rejecting opposition criticism that BJP's "unnatural" alliance with PDP had alleniated population, he reeled out statistics to drive home the development without appeasement agenda of his party.
Governor's rule was imposed in the state on June 19 last year when the BJP withdrew its support from the PDP and toppled the government. There were speculations that the two parties were trying hard to stitch the common ground together and form the government again. Also, there were reports that the rebel group led by the PDP leader Imran Ansari was preparing for a major coup and would form the government in the state.
However, these speculations were put to rest by the Governor when he dissolved the state legislative assembly amid the much political chaos. What remains to be seen at present is whether the election commission will give go ahead with the idea of holding the polls together in the already strike strewn state.
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik was quoted as having said earlier that the government would focus on ensuring that Panchayat polls are held peacefully and successfully in the state. The governor had hinted at how these polls would act as a drill for the state assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. "Once these are done peacefully, we will look at fresh elections as soon as possible," Governor was quoted as having said in the interview. He added that the government doesn't want to cobble together a government through any underhand means. "After the ongoing elections, we will start looking at holding fresh elections for the J&K assembly. There is no plan to form a government by engineering defections," Governor Malik had said.
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