Governor asks EC to hold Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections in November

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Srinagar, April 26 : The Jammu and Kashmir administration led by Governor Satya Pal Malik has requested the Election Commission to hold the state assembly elections in November, instead of June.

It cited the upcoming holy month of Ramzan, Amarnath Yatra, tourism season and movement of the nomadic Bakarwal tribe as some of the reasons for delaying the exercise.

According to Supreme Court guidelines, elections have to be held within six months of a state assembly’s dissolution. Jammu and Kashmir has been under central rule since June 2018, when BJP pulled out of the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government over “ideological differences”.

During a meeting with the Election Commission, a team of senior officials headed by Chief Secretary BVR Subramanium also underlined the need to ensure proper security arrangements for the assembly polls.

It said that at least 1,300 additional companies of central security forces will have to be called in for the purpose.or the purpose.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under central rule since June 2018, when BJP pulled out of the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government over “ideological differences”.

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