Hold Assembly polls for J&K in November not June, Governor led administration to ECI: Sources
Srinagar: Governor led administration of Jammu and Kashmir has asked Election Commission of India to not hold Assembly polls in state in the month of June but in November.
Sources confided, that the J&K administration made the plea to ECI during a high level meeting in New Delhi called by the apex poll body to discuss feasibility of holding Assembly Polls in the state.
The meeting was to be attended by State’s Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar, Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh and Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra.
“The state administration has said no to polls in June but asked ECI to hold Assembly election in J&K in November and cited Ramzan, Yatra, Tourism season, Bakerwal migration as reasons for further delay in elections,” sources claimed.
The meetin in Delhi was to take feedback from state administration on different poll-related issues and options given by its special observers before taking a final call on the matter.
Special observers, in their report, the observers have given three options to hold Assembly polls in the state including to hold elections between 8 June to 24 June.
“They had also suggested to hold polls from 15 May to 15 June, or to hold Assembly polls after 15 September,” sources claimed.
The ECI had appointed Noor Muhammad (former IAS officer), Vinod Zutshi ( ex-IAS officer) and A S Gill (retired IPS officer) as special observers to assess the situation in the state. Immediately after their appointment, the observers visited the state.
As per Supreme Court ruling, the ECI has to initiate steps for conducting of elections within six months in case of premature dissolution of Assembly. So in case of J&K, the ECI has to initiate steps for holding Assembly polls before 20 May.