Lok Sabha elections 2019: No assembly elections in J-K for now

Leroy Wright
March 10, 2019

Twenty-two states and union territories (UTs), including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, will have Lok Sabha election in a single phase while it will be spread across seven phases in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, the Election Commission announced Sunday.

Even the parliamentary election for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in the state is going to be held in three phases, he said, underscoring the security challenge in the region. The last date for filing of nominations is March 25. The poll panel is bound to hold fresh elections in a state within six months of the dissolution of its Assembly.

While the first phase polling was on April 7, the last phase was on May 12.

Only LokSabha elections would be held in Jammu and Kashmir. After the 2014 victory, PM Modi-led party changed its rules for party members, which included retirement from active politics after 75 and diminishing chances of getting party tickets after reaching 70.

"In light of the failure to conduct assembly elections on time in J&K I'm retweeting my tweets from a few days ago. There will be mandatory VVPAT slip count at randomly selected polling station per assembly segment", he said. Khera said a new government will take over to rectify the "mistakes" made by Modi's government.

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Mir said it was the golden chance for the Centre to hold assembly election in order to give an elected government to the people as all the political parties were of the opinion that simultaneously elections should be held in the state.

The Election Commission announced that the Model Code of Conduct had come immediately into effect following their announcement of the poll schedule.

Facing a loosely stitched anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition in the 2019 general elections, the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is not only forging new alliances in different states but is also trying to put its house in order before the Lok Sabha polls.

"By the way, many candidates of earlier panchayat elections are still staying in guest houses and paid for by the state government", the top election commission said.

Elections are also due by May in Jammu and Kashmir, where Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Assembly in November 2018.

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