Suspense continues

Suspense continues

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy in a written reply in Lok Sabha has stated that Election Commission has not yet fixed the date for Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
Last month the Election Commission of India had stated that the Assembly polls in J&K would be held after the annual Amarnath Yatra ends in August. But the recent statement of Reddy has once again put the political parties in quandary.
Jammu and Kashmir has been without an elected government for one year now. Politicians in Kashmir are eagerly waiting for the ECI to announce elections in the state but their wait is getting prolonged with each passing day.
National Conference winning all the three Parliamentary seats in the Valley had boosted the morale of the party. The NC Member Parliament, (Retired) Justice Hasnain Masoodi, in his maiden speech at Lok Sabha on Tuesday demanded that Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir should be held without any further delay. The NC president and Member Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah had also raised the issue of Assembly polls in J&K at the All Party Meeting called by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to discuss the “one nation, one election” idea.
The NC leaders know it very well that if the Assembly polls keep on getting deferred the party could lose the advantage. Another factor which is bothering National Conference is the emergence of the new parties on the political arena of the Valley. These parties can cut the vote share of the traditional parties and if they elections keep on getting delayed they would get more time to establish themselves. At present convincing the Government of India to hold the Assembly elections has become a big task for the Kashmir based parties and the leaders of these parties are trying their best to accomplish it.