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Prioritise J&K elections

June 10, 2019 |

Now that the parliament polls have been successfully conducted in Jammu and Kashmir, both the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Centre should shift focus on conducting the state Assembly polls in the restive state. It has been almost a year now that J&K is without a popular government and is currently passing through the phase of the President's rule. Last time the state came under the President's rule in 90s it took the Centre almost six years to get back the democracy on the track in the state. One of the shortcomings of the Centre's direct rule in the state has been the lack of the interface between the political representatives and the general public. It deepens the chasm between the two sides and in a place like J&K which is bereft with political crisis this uncertainty can prove costly at times. An elected government is always a hope for the people of a state. In political sensitive state like J&K that hope might have gradually faded over the years owing to the reasons known to one and all but still for a large section of people, an MLA or a minister is last resort to see through their day-to-day grievances and problems. That link remains missing in the Governor's rule, though the Governor Satya Pal Malik's advisors have been holding regular meeting with people both in Kashmir and Jammu, in a reach-out effort. Led by National Conference the political parties have been constantly demanding early elections in the state. In its latest announcement earlier this week the ECI has said it will keep on assessing the situation in J&K and will announce the poll schedule after conclusion of Amarnath Yatra. The tourist season has just begun in Kashmir and the holy Yatra is set to start next month. So, it is understood that any decision on the conduct of elections in middle of Yatra and tourist season is highly unlikely. The argument which was being repeatedly thrown up that the situation isn't conducive for state elections will not hold any water now as the conduct of Lok Sabha polls have proven that the conduct of the exercise is not a herculean task. The central election body should priorities the state elections. Any further delay could prove costly for both the state administration as well as the Centre. The political uncertainty has already deepened in Jammu and Kashmir in the past 12 months. For address to their day-to-day issues people don't see any institution to fall back upon. It is high time that this sensitive issue is addressed as soon as possible before we may stare at another 90s like situation!

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Prioritise J&K elections

June 10, 2019 |

Now that the parliament polls have been successfully conducted in Jammu and Kashmir, both the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Centre should shift focus on conducting the state Assembly polls in the restive state. It has been almost a year now that J&K is without a popular government and is currently passing through the phase of the President's rule. Last time the state came under the President's rule in 90s it took the Centre almost six years to get back the democracy on the track in the state. One of the shortcomings of the Centre's direct rule in the state has been the lack of the interface between the political representatives and the general public. It deepens the chasm between the two sides and in a place like J&K which is bereft with political crisis this uncertainty can prove costly at times. An elected government is always a hope for the people of a state. In political sensitive state like J&K that hope might have gradually faded over the years owing to the reasons known to one and all but still for a large section of people, an MLA or a minister is last resort to see through their day-to-day grievances and problems. That link remains missing in the Governor's rule, though the Governor Satya Pal Malik's advisors have been holding regular meeting with people both in Kashmir and Jammu, in a reach-out effort. Led by National Conference the political parties have been constantly demanding early elections in the state. In its latest announcement earlier this week the ECI has said it will keep on assessing the situation in J&K and will announce the poll schedule after conclusion of Amarnath Yatra. The tourist season has just begun in Kashmir and the holy Yatra is set to start next month. So, it is understood that any decision on the conduct of elections in middle of Yatra and tourist season is highly unlikely. The argument which was being repeatedly thrown up that the situation isn't conducive for state elections will not hold any water now as the conduct of Lok Sabha polls have proven that the conduct of the exercise is not a herculean task. The central election body should priorities the state elections. Any further delay could prove costly for both the state administration as well as the Centre. The political uncertainty has already deepened in Jammu and Kashmir in the past 12 months. For address to their day-to-day issues people don't see any institution to fall back upon. It is high time that this sensitive issue is addressed as soon as possible before we may stare at another 90s like situation!


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Owner, Printer, Publisher, Editor: Farooq Ahmad Wani
Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
Printed at: Abid Enterprizes, Zainkote Srinagar
Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
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Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
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