New Delhi: Political parties that met the Election Commission (EC), on Monday were divided on when to hold Assembly elections in the trouble-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
While main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left demanded that elections be held on schedule, by November-end. A government ally, the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) and the National Panthers Party (NPP), wanted the delimitation exercise to be conducted in the state before finalizing the date of polls.
The Congress, which sent a large delegation to meet the EC, including Union minister of state Prithviraj Chavan, J&K Congress chief Saifuddin Soz and former state chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, left it to the poll panel to decide on the date.
An EC statement later said: “During the consultations separately with the representatives of the political parties, the EC obtained their views on the issues concerning Assembly elections in the state.”
The meeting was attended by the representatives of seven national political parties, including the Bahujan Samaj Party, BJP, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress, NCP and the Rashtriya Janata Dal.
There were also three regional parties from J&K - the NC, NPP and the PDP.