The Election Commission’s contention that assembly polls cannot be held simultaneously due to security issues does not have much traction. What then are the reasons for the deferral?
In yet another cynical rebuff to the popular democratic aspiration in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, the Election Commission of India has thought it fit to defer elections to the state assembly.
This, after every democratic political force in the state, including the BJP, in their face-to-face interaction with the chief election commissioner, unanimously sought assembly polls simultaneously with the Lok Sabha ones.
Let it also be recalled that the honourable home minister had separately averred that the government was prepared to provide all the needed security should the elections to the state assembly be held………
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