Assembly elections on cards?

Assembly elections on cards?

The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Satya Pal Malik, has hinted that the President’s rule in the state would end soon. He has put the ball in the court of Election Commission of India by stating that the ECI has to take the final call over holding the Assembly elections in the state.
If the ECI decides to hold the polls in J&K in November this year, then the present spell of the President’s rule has to be extended. But if the ECI sounds the poll bugle then J&K could witness another round of elections in coming months.
The ECI had put the decision about holding the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on hold last month after the top officials of the J&K government reportedly informed the Commission that the polls could disturb the forthcoming tourists season, Amarnath Yatra and the ongoing academic session in the Valley.
But the assertion of the Governor Malik that he wants President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir to end soon is an indication that if all goes well then Assembly elections in the state could be held anytime.
Political parties in Jammu and Kashmir are eagerly waiting for the elections as most of the politicians have started believing that if the Centre’s rule continues in Jammu and Kashmir for few more months they would be pushed to wall and would lose their relevance completely.
Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and vice-president of National Conference has been trying hard to persuade the Centre to hold the elections in the state without any further delay. He has sensed that his party has got an outside chance to emerge as the single largest party in the state. He knows that his bête-noire, Peoples Democratic Party, is on a weak wicket and this is the right time to strike.