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Assembly polls in J&K within 6-8 months: Shah

Extended term of the Delimitation Commission is ending on March 6 and there were reports that the Panel could get extension of two to three months. If the Commission submits report in June, going by Shah’s statement, the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir can be held either in November-December this year or March-April next year.

Jammu: In a significant statement, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today announced that Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held within six to eight months after completion of the Delimitation Commission exercise.

The statement assumed significance as the Delimitation Commission has submitted its draft report to five Associate Members who have also filed objections/suggestions and now the report has to be put in public domain for claims and objections by political parties, organizations and individuals. Going by the process, the delimitation process could be over in next two-three months.

In an interview to Network18 TV Group which was telecast this evening, Shah said the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held within six-eight months of the completion of delimitation exercise which is about to get over.
“There is no confusion,” he added.
Extended term of the Delimitation Commission is ending on March 6 and there were reports that the Panel could get extension of two to three months. If the Commission submits report in June, going by Shah’s statement, the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir can be held either in November-December this year or March-April next year.
It may be mentioned here that 2008 and 2014 Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir were also held in the months of November-December.
Jammu and Kashmir is without an elected Government since June 19, 2018 i.e. for last more than three and half years when BJP had withdrawn support to Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP coalition Government leading to imposition of Central rule in the State which was later bifurcated into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh and its special status withdrawn on August 5, 2019.
To a question on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent statement that India and Pakistan should resolve their issues together especially Kashmir, the Union Home Minister said there is no point of discussion as Kashmir is an integral part of India.
“This is the position taken by all Governments in Parliament. This is the country’s position,” Shah said.
He lambasted the statement of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi made in Parliament recently that Narendra Modi Government’s Kashmir policies have brought Pakistan and China closer.
“Narendra Modi Government has given befitting reply to every challenge posed by China,” Shah said, adding that Rahul Gandhi doesn’t know history of the country and what happened in 1962 and because of whom.