How political parties in J&K gearing up for Assembly polls?    

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said that firstly the Delimitation exercise will be completed and then Assembly elections will be held in J&K UT.

JAMMU: Both national and regional political parties in Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory started engaging their core workers with a focus on much-awaited Assembly elections, after the Abrogation of Article 370 and 35A on 5 August 2019, which are believed to be announced next year.

Enough hints in this regard were given by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a program organised by a national newspaper in which he said that firstly the Delimitation exercise will be completed and then Assembly elections will be held in J&K UT.

He further said that the process to restore Statehood in J&K will start in accordance with the act of Parliament and that too after the completion of Assembly elections.

Pertinent to mention here that Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, while replying to a question in Parliament today regarding the delimitation exercise being undertaken in J&K, informed that endeavour of Delimitation Commission headed by Justice (Retd.) Ranjana Prakash Desai is to complete the said exercise as early as possible.

Whereas many prominent leaders and personalities of J&K are joining Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on daily basis and party leaders are also busy organising such programs on daily basis even at Mandal and Block levels for new entrants.

On the other hand, the main opposition party Congress, facing infighting among its core leaders in J&K, launched a membership drive today during which J&K Pradesh Congress Committee president Ghulam Ahmed Mir denied lobbyism in J&K Congress and talked about ‘inner-party democracy’.

The regional parties of J&K are also not lagging behind in engaging their workers with a focus on Assembly elections, National Conference (NC) on Tuesday organised a one-day convention in Jammu during which many resolutions pertaining to the restoration of Darbar Move, a package for Tourism Industry, employment policy for youth, etc were passed and adopted by the party in the presence of NC president Dr. Farooq Abdullah and other senior leaders.

Moreover, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headed by former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti held a protest Dharna the other day at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi to highlight various issues, and recently she also released PDP’s first internal newsletter ‘Speak Up’.

Though both NC and PDP along with other parties were united recently under the umbrella of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration but when it comes to their ideologies and elections they always parted away.

J&K People’s Conference, J&K Apni Party, and other regional parties are also mobilising their cadres and they would give a tough fight to both national and regional parties in forthcoming Assembly elections.


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