The state assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir are postponed. And the political parties there are not so happy about it.
The election commission has decided that the state elections in J&K are not going to be held along with the Lok Sabha elections. Jammu and Kashmir are under Governor’s rule since the ruling alliance broke up. It was Bhartiya Janta Party and People’s Democratic Party’s unorthodox alliance in the J&K but they broke up because of ideological reasons.
Elections were supposed to be held in J&K in May. But that was possible only under normal circumstances. And Kashmir’s political circumstances right now is everything, but not normal. The election commission stated that the time is not feasible for the elections.
Chief Elections Commissioner Sunil Arora said that keeping the odd circumstances, other logistics and recent incidents of violence in mind, the election commission has decided that the state elections shall not go along with the Lok Sabha elections.
"We will have to carry out three phases of election for just one constituency of Anantnag... so you can imagine how complicated it is," said Mr Arora.
The ex-Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah criticised the BJP led NDA heavily. He raised the questions over NDA’s contemplations of holding simultaneous elections and the state and centre level.
Mehbooba Mufti, the chief of the People’s Democratic Party also shared the same view. She wrote, “Decision to hold only Parliamentary elections in J&K confirms sinister designs of Government of India. Not letting people elect a government is antithetical to the very idea of democracy. Also a tactic of buying time to disempower people by pushing an agenda that suits their ulterior motives.”