As the Election Commission announced the poll dates for the Lok Sabha elections, it was being speculated that Jammu and Kashmir will also get through the Assembly polls but the poll panel has sighted security concerns and ruled out any possibility of holding elections.
Former CM Omar Abdullah has attacked PM Narendra Modi for creating a vacuum in the state and not holding simultaneous poll with the Lok Sabha election. Omar tweeted saying, “In light of the failure to conduct assembly elections on time in J&K I’m retweeting my tweets from a few days ago. PM Modi has surrendered to Pakistan, to the militants & to the hurriyat. Well done Modi Sahib. 56 inch chest failed.”
In light of the failure to conduct assembly elections on time in J&K I’m retweeting my tweets from a few days ago. PM Modi has surrendered to Pakistan, to the militants & to the hurriyat. Well done Modi Sahib. 56 inch chest failed. #slowclap https://t.co/oqtDAfNdeb— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 10, 2019
Denying J&K assembly's simultaneous poll with the Lok Sabha is poor reflection & indicative of Modi Govt's failure of Kashmir policy. Forces are surely capable of holding poll for both on the same day much to relief of people. Centre's logic is poor & BJP's excuse is childish.— Mayawati (@Mayawati) March 11, 2019
Reiterating the historical evidence, Omar Abdullah said, “First time since 1996 Assembly elections in J&K are not being held on time. Remember this the next time you are praising PM Modi for his strong leadership.”
After the recent Pulwama attack in Kashmir, which claimed the lives of more than 40 CRPF personnel by Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group based in Pakistan, the Election Commission has sighted security concerns and ruled out the polling possibility along with General Elections.
“With the amount of international attention elections in J&K attract I never thought PM Modi would be willing to confess his failure on a global stage but we all make mistakes & that was mine,” said Abdullah.
Former CM Mehbooba Mufti said, “Decision to hold only parliamentary elections in J&K confirms sinister designs of GoI. Not letting people elect a government is antithetical to the very idea of democracy. Also a tactic of buying time to dis-empower people by pushing an agenda that suits their ulterior motives.”