Srinagar, Dec 7(Buzzbytes ): The central government remained non-committal on the schedule for assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, offering an elusive response during the ongoing winter session of the parliament.
Minister of State Arjun Ram Meghwal, in reply to Congress Rajya Sabha member Syed Nasir Hussain’s query, stated, “The Election Commission of India, under its constitutional mandate, determines the timeline for General Elections. The Commission considers various factors, including the law and order situation, examinations, festivals, weather conditions, holidays, and the availability of security forces and voting equipment, before finalizing election dates.”
This statement follows the government’s assurance just two days ago that it is prepared to conduct Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir once the Election Commission makes a final decision. The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Jitendra Singh, emphasized the government’s readiness and urged trust in the EC’s decision-making process.
The demand for early Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir has been raised by opposition parties, questioning the delay despite claims of restored normalcy. While BJP’s Jamyang Tsering Namgyal emphasized the significance of peace in the region, National Conference’s Hasnain Masoodi pressed for transparent communication about the ground reality. Stay tuned for further updates.
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