Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir likely to be held later this year

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File Photo of voters in Jammu and Kashmir

The Election Commission on Tuesday said it will announce the schedule for Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls after the Amarnath Yatra, which begins next month, making it clear that the electoral exercise could be held sometime later this year.

In a statement, the poll panel said it has unanimously decided that “holding of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir shall be considered later in this year”.

Jammu and Kashmir does not have an elected dispensation since the PDP-BJP coalition government fell apart in June 2018.

The state was placed under Governor’s Rule, on June 19, 2018, after the BJP withdrew from its coalition with the PDP.

As mandated by the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, the state was brought under President’s Rule on December 19, 2018. The term of the central rule ends on June 19 which is set to be extended.

“The Commission will keep on regularly, and on a real-time basis, monitoring the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, taking inputs from all necessary quarters and after the conclusion of Amarnath Yatra will announce the election schedule for the conduct of assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement said.

The 46-day-long Amarnath yatra will begin on July 1, the day of Masik Shivratri, and would conclude on August 15, the day of Shravan Purnima.

(PTI)