Three-member Committee to help EC decide on Assembly polls in J&K

Our Bureau NEW DELHI | Updated on March 10, 2019

Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner

Omar Abdullah (file photo)

A three member special observer committee has been set up to monitor the situation in Jammu and Kashmir for holding Assembly elections along with the Lok Sabha polls.

“The idea of the team is to get on a real time basis what the situation is on the ground. If there is any change in the situation we will take a view, The Commission does not capitulate and will not capitulate before any one,” Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner said at a press meet here on Sunday.

He added that the availability of adequate security forces and the recent issues have to be kept in mind when the Commission takes a view on holding Assembly polls in J&K.

The CEC said each constituency is likely to see 8 to 10 candidates who have to be provided with security, which puts pressure on the forces. J&K has been under President rule since December last year.

Slamming the EC’s decision, NC leader Omar Abdullah said Assembly elections in J&K are not being held on time for the first time since 1996. In a series of tweets, he wondered what happened to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent assurance that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls in the State. “First time since 1996 Assembly elections in J&K are not being held on time. Remember this the next time you are praising PM Modi for his strong leadership,” he tweeted.


Published on March 10, 2019

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