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Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Elections May Be Held in Mid November
The Election Commission visited Srinagar to take stock of the ground situations. Official sources from the Election Commission have indicated that the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir are likely to be held in the second half of November and it could be spread over seven phases. This is to ensure that the next government can take over from the existing government by January 19th, 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to visit Srinagar on Diwali. He has tweeted that he will be spending the day with the people affected by the ill-fated floods that engulfed Jammu and Kashmir. An announcement of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be made after the Prime Minister’s visit to the state. This will be the fourth time that PM Modi will be visiting the State after he became Prime Minister in May.
As per the Election Commission rules, a minimum of 25 days gap must be there after the notifications of the elections is out and the polling day. The National Conference government has been requesting the Election Commission to postpone the elections as the onset of elections could slow down the rehabilitation work carried out in Jammu and Kashmir. It is already moving at snail’s pace and once elections are announced, there is every chance for it to get delayed even further. But, it looks like EC is not very keen on postponing the elections.
Three other major political parties Congress, BJP and People’s Democratic Party are keen on holding the elections in Jammu and Kashmir on time and they are stressing that the rehabilitation work can carry on side by side. The BJP would be looking to perform and show its best results in the Valley elections this time round. Congress has split from the ruling National Conference and hence NC is now on the backfoot. It looks like it would be a four way battle in the Valley this time. The handling of the flood situation by NC government has also come under a lot of flak from the general public. There is also not much of fan following for the BJP in the Valley. Who will win the elections is still a puzzle.