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BJP govt has no clarity over holding assembly polls, restoration of statehood to J&K: CPI(M)

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SRINAGAR: CPI(M) on Friday said alleged that BJP government has no clarity over holding much awaited assembly elections and restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir

In statement issued here, Secretary CPI(M) Ghulam Nabi Malik said that the “vogue” statements issued by the BJP leaders from time to time over holding much-awaited assembly elections and restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir is deepening political uncertainty in the region.

“Assembly elections in J&K have been due since 2018 when the last Assembly was dissolved by then Governor in November 2018. Though Parliament elections in J&K were held in April-May 2019 with the rest of the country “security reasons” were given for deferring Assembly polls then,” said Malik.

“Barring the BJP, all the political parties in J&K had urged upon the Election Commission in early 2019 to hold Parliament and Assembly elections simultaneously in J&K, but to no avail. And after the abrogation of special status of J&K under Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two union territories in August 2019, the BJP leadership has been delaying the Assembly polls on one or the other pretext,” he said.

“It is high time that the Central government comes up with a time-frame and let the people know when the delimitation exercise will be completed and when the Assembly polls are held. Giving vogue statements over such an important issue doesn’t augur well for democracy,” he added.

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