Only Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir

Only Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir

While there is a view that the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections can be held along with the Lok Sabha polls, a lot depends on the complex security situation in the state given the heightened tension along the India Pakistan border.

"Transfer of any poll-related officials will not be entertained without the permission of the Election Commission".

The state has been under President's Rule after the ruling alliance between the BJP and Peoples Democratic Party fell apart a year ago. "Over a dozen times, elections have been held during the holy month of Ramzan", Prasad said at a press meet. Votes were counted on May 16.

Senior party leader and Kolkata Municipal Corporation Mayor Firhad Hakim said that the schedule was designed in a way that most of constituencies go to polls during the Ramadan so that Muslims can not go out and exercise their franchise.

Simultaneously, elections to 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana will also be held on the same day.

The Commission reiterated that strict action would be taken for the use of photographs of defence personnel in the election propaganda.

For the first time, the Commission has segregated the Lok Sabha election to South Kashmir's Anantnag Lok Sabha seat to three phases in view of security considerations.

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.

Questioning the EC's decision to not hold simultaneous polls in the state, National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah slammed the Modi government for its "failure". West Bengal Congress president Somendra Nath Mitra also said the poll panel should consider the matter.

On Monday, Kolkata Mayor and TMC minister Firhad Hakim brought up the issue of the election schedule clashing with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and alleged the Modi government "did not want minorities to vote" in large numbers.

The main opposition party has been squeezed out of the SP-BSP "mahagathbandhan" (grand alliance) in UP, which may help the BJP in the politically most crucial state where swing of a few percentage of votes can swing the poll pendulum to the other side.

The meeting has been scheduled for 12 PM today, and would be chaired by chief election commissioner Sunil Arora, News18 reported.

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