Assembly polls in J&K likely later this year: EC

  • Announcement could take place after the Amarnath Yatra, which is expected to conclude around mid-Aug
  • Governor Satya Pal Malik had dissolved the assembly in November, after the state plunged into a political crisis

NEW DELHI : The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday said it may conduct assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir later this year. The announcement could take place after the Amarnath Yatra, which is expected to conclude around mid-August.

“The commission will keep on regularly and on real time basis monitoring the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, taking inputs from all necessary quarters and after the conclusion of Amarnath Yatra will announce the election schedule for the conduct of assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir," the EC said.

Governor Satya Pal Malik had dissolved the assembly in November, after the state plunged into a political crisis. The EC did not conduct the state polls with the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, citing security concerns.

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