STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

'EC Keeping Open Mind on J and K Polls'

Published: 18th October 2014 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th October 2014 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: A decision on the polls in flood-hit Jammu & Kashmir is likely to be taken by the Election Commission by month-end.

Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and Election Commissioners H S Brahma and S N Zaidi will visit Srinagar on Saturday to hold meetings with civil administration, police officials and leaders of political parties, before taking the final decision on polls due in December.

Sampath also maintained that the EC would keep an ‘open mind’, while deciding on the elections, analysing all the inputs received from various stakeholders.

The state, which was hit by unprecedented floods, is limping back to normalcy. But, questions have been raised over the timing of the elections, with thousands now homeless in Srinagar and other areas, and with the local administration pushed to ensure rehabilitation work. However, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah raked up controversy, after he opposed election, as the term of the 87-member Assembly expires on January 19.

Abdullah, who had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh early this week, pointed out that his party was of the opinion that it was not the opportune time to hold the elections. He further argued that at this moment, the affected people were struggling to rebuild their lives.

Sampath on Friday said that after a visit by the Commission, a ground report and comments from poll authorities will also be taken into account, before announcing the dates for polls.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp