Assembly Polls in 4 States with LS Elections, But Not in J&K

Few minutes after the Election Commission announced the schedule for the 17th Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged citizens of India, especially young voters to turn up for the biggest "festival of democracy".

The Jammu and Kashmir assembly was dissolved in November a year ago, months after the Mehbooba Mufti-headed government in the state fell following the BJP withdrawing support to it in June.

The Election Commission (EC) is set to announce on Sunday schedule for the high-voltage Lok Sabha elections, which is likely to be spread over seven to eight phases in April-May.

The counting of votes for all the phases will be held on May 23, the country's top election official told reporters.

The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be held in 7 phases.

"First time since 1996 Assembly elections in J&K are not being held on time". I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout. If any untoward incident or violation of any law/rule is noticed, action would be taken immediately, the commission said. "I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers", tweeted PM Modi. The BJP-SAD alliance also suffered defeat in the hand of Congress in 2017 assembly polls in the state.

India's chief election commissioner Sunil Arora (C) speaks as Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa (L) and Sunil Chandra look on during a news conference in New Delhi, India, March 10, 2019.

In 2009, the EC had announced Lok Sabha poll scheduled on March 2. Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

While Odisha had witnessed a two-phase poll during 2014 elections, this time the number of phases has been increased to four taking into account the threat of red rebels.

Abdullah questioned Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement in Parliament earlier this year about the Centre's readiness to hold Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir along with the General Elections.

The CPI (M) leader said J-K is without an elected government for the past nine months and in the absence of an elected government, "uncertainty in the state is deepening" day-by-day and "dissatisfaction" among a large section of people is increasing.

  • Rogelio Becker