Updated Mon, 11 Mar 2019
The Election Commission has decided to hold only Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Congress, National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have slammed the Centre for not holding the assembly polls along with the parliamentary elections. These parties have criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over this saying:
“EC’s decision is the reflection of Modi government’s failure of Kashmir policy. This shows “mishandling” of the security situation and “surrendering” to militants and separatists.
PDP president and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, “Decision to hold only parliamentary elections in J&K confirms sinister designs of Government of India.”
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has tweeted his views on the forthcoming LS elections.
Farooq Abdullah: All parties are in favour of holding simultaneous (LS & state assembly) polls. Environment is conducive for Lok Sabha polls but not state polls in J&K? Local body polls were held peacefully, there are enough forces present,then why can’t state elections be held? pic.twitter.com/ktYfOwLc2d
Farooq Abdullah: We always knew that there would be a fight or a skirmish with Pakistan. This surgical strike (airstrike) was done as elections are approaching. We lost an aircraft worth crores. Be thankful that the pilot (IAF) survived & returned from Pakistan with respect. pic.twitter.com/7UElbtuKKn
Omar Abdullah also slammed the government and said that the prime minister’s “abject surrender” to the anti-India forces is “a crying shame”.