Ball in ECI’s court

Ball in ECI’s court
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Mainstream politicians, who met the team of Election Commission of India, in Kashmir have pitched for early assembly elections in the state.
National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party had boycotted the Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies polls held in the state last year and had even threatened to stay away from the parliamentary and assembly elections. Today both the parties are demanding that assembly polls should be held forthwith. It seems NC and PDP leaders have realized that their space has been choked and if the elections are delayed it would threaten their very existence.
Government of India has hardened its stand and people at the helm have made it clear that no dissent would be tolerated and mainstream parties have to choose. In these trying circumstances NC and PDP have understood that restoration of democratic government in Jammu and Kashmir is directly connected to their survival.
Governor Satya Pal Malik has said that the final call on holding elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be taken by the Election Commission of India. Ball is in the court of the ECI and it has to decide whether the polls would be held in Jammu and Kashmir or not. ECI has to make two big decisions. First is whether situation is feasible for holding Lok Sabha in polls in Kashmir or not. The second is whether the Assembly polls could be clubbed with the parliamentary elections. The general elections are likely to be announced within few days and picture would become clear shortly. Political parties have kept their fingers crossed and are eagerly waiting for the ECI to announce its decision. If the elections are announced it would provide a chance to political parties to make a comeback.