SRINAGAR —The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor(LG), Manoj Sinha, on Tuesday said that the Government of India is committed to hold Assembly elections in the union territory soon after the Delimitation Commission (DC) completes its exercise.
“In the August 15 speech, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the Delimitation Commission was working on a fast-track basis. Apart from that, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has already stated on the floor of the house that statehood will be granted to J&K at an appropriate time,” the LG said while addressing a press conference on the sidelines of a function at SKICC.
The LG said that soon after the Delimitation Commission completes its exercise, Assembly elections will be held in J&K.
“As far as the dates of elections, it’s the prerogative of the Election Commission of India,” he said.
Pertinently, the LG said that the number of Assembly seats will go up from existing 87 to 94 in J&K. Interestingly, during their visit to J&K, the Delimitation Commission members had stated that the process of delimitation was not a mere arithmetic.
Replying to a query as to whether there was a possibility of any impact on J&K in the wake of Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the LG said that the Foreign Minister of India has already made a speech in the Parliament over the issue and people should stick to that.