ECI in J&K today, decision on Assembly polls likey on Mar 6

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Jammu: The full Election Commission of India is arriving today on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to take a view on possibility of holding assembly elections together with the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The Commission will interact with representatives of political parties in Srinagar and Jammu and will also meet top state government and security establishment officials

The Election Commission could take a decision on conduct of both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State on March 6 in New Delhi before announcing schedule for general elections, which is expected on March 7 or 8. With announcement of the elections, the Model Code of Conduct will come into force.
The Election Commission will meet representatives of seven recognized national and three regional parties separately in Kashmir and Jammu regions on March 4 and 5 respectively. The political parties invited for the meetings with the Commission are BJP, Congress, BSP, CPM, CPI, NCP and TMC (all national), National Conference, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Nationalist Panthers Party (NPP), all regional. Only those political parties, which are recognized with the Election Commission either at national or state level, have been called for the meeting.
At both the places, the Election Commission will meet the concerned Divisional Commissioner and all Deputy Commissioners to take their view point on security situation and election preparedness. Two Deputy Commissioners of Ladakh division will join the meeting at Srinagar along with the DCs of Kashmir division, sources said.

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