Assembly polls in four states with Lok Sabha elections but not in J&K: EC

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New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, along with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa (L) and Sushil Chandra (R), addresses a press conference to announce the poll schedule for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, Sunday, March 10, 2019. Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases followed by counting of votes on May 23. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, along with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa (L) and Sushil Chandra (R), addresses a press conference to announce the poll schedule for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, Sunday, March 10, 2019. Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases followed by counting of votes on May 23. (PTI Photo)

The assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha and Sikkim will be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections but not in Jammu and Kashmir due to security reasons, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said Sunday.

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal and Sikkim will go to the polls for all seats in their respective assemblies as well as the Lok Sabha in the first phase on April 11.

Parliamentary and assembly polls will be held in Odisha across the first four phases on April 11, April 18, April 23 and April 29, respectively.

The Jammu and Kashmir assembly was dissolved in November last year, months after the Mehbooba Mufti-headed government in the state fell following the BJP withdrawing support to it in June.

Arora said the Election Commission decided to announce the schedule for only Lok Sabha polls in the state and not for the assembly elections due to inputs it had received from authorities regarding constraint of availability of central forces for enforcing security in the wake of recent violence.

Even the parliamentary election for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in the state is going to be held in three phases, he said, underscoring the security challenge in the region.

(PTI)