New Delhi: A seemingly vexed former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter on Sunday and expressed his anguish after the Election Commission (EC) announced that Jammu and Kashmir will not hold simultaneous state Assembly elections this April-May.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been under the Governor’s rule since June 2018, after Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) broke off its alliance with the BJP.

Omar Abdullah started his string of tweets with a surprised message: NO ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN J&K and following it with an acrimonious jibe at the Prime Minister.

Stressing how the BJP-led government at the Centre and the erstwhile PDP-BJP combine in the state failed the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah said that PM Modi has “surrendered” before Pakistan, militants and separatists.

The EC announced the schedule for Lok Sabha polls to be held in seven phases across the country, starting from April 11 and culminating on May 23 with results from all phases- this also included Jammu and Kashmir, where the polling will take place in five phases.

Explaining the reason for not holding simultaneous polls in the state, the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said, “Based on input, constraint of availability of central forces and other logistics, requirement of forces for security of candidates in wake of recent violence and keeping other challenges in mind, the EC has decided at this stage to announce only schedule of Parliament election in J&K.”

Abdullah further called Prime Minister’s ‘abject surrender’ to anti-Indian forces a ‘crying shame’.

He also pulled up Union home minister Rajnath Singh and asked him what happened to his promise of ensuring that Jammu and Kashmir sees state elections turning into reality sooner than before.

LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2019

The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will begin on April 11 and will be held in seven phases, the Election Commission announced on Sunday. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from Sunday itself and the counting of votes will take place on May 23, 2019.

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3. The required electronic voting machines (EVMs) and paper trail machines or the VVPATs are in place and will be deployed in nearly 10 lakh polling stations across 543 Lok Sabha constituencies.

The first phase of polling will be held on April 11, the second phase on April 18, third phase on April 23, fourth phase on April 29, fifth phase on May 6, sixth phase on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.