Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Elections are expected to be held after Ramzan and before Amarnath Yatra, between June 5 and 30, sources informed on Saturday. (ALSO READ – BJP Launches #MainBhiChowkidar Campaign For Lok Sabha Elections 2019; PM Narendra Modi Says ‘I am Not Alone’)
If sources close to Zee News are to be believed, the election to state Assembly would be held in 6 to 8 phases. Notably, Amarnath Yatra will begin on July 1 and conclude on August 15. On the other hand, the holy month of Ramzan is likely to commence on May 5 and end on June 4.
An IANS report quoting sources on March 14 further strengthens the claim made by Zee News. “The general consensus is that the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections can be held with adequate security deployments before this year’s Amarnath Yatra which begins on July 1,” sources claimed on March 14.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) on March 10 had announced the dates for Assembly polls in four states – Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. However, the poll body did not announce the dates for the J&K Assembly elections citing security reasons.
Jammu and Kashmir is currently under Governor’s rule. The state assembly was dissolved in November last year, months after the Mehbooba Mufti-headed government in the state fell following the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrawing support to it in June.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir will go to Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in five phases on April 11, 18, 23, 29 and May 6, 2019. The counting of votes will be done on May 23 and the results will be announced on the same day. In 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, the BJP and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won 3 seats each.