No joint polls in Jammu and Kashmir

The election commission announced on Sunday that assembly elections are going to be held simultaneously with Lok Sabha polls in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, but not in state of Jammu and Kashmir, that is going to complete 6 months of dissolution of the assembly in the month of May, because of the security situation in the state.

Therefore, voting for the 6 Lok Sabha constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir is going to be held in five phases, including those three phases for just one seat in Anantnag. The absolutely charged environment in the wake of recent terrorist attacks, ongoing crackdown against Jamaat-e-Islami and Hurriyat leaders and Air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot makes joint polling a fraught exercise in Jammu and Kashmir.

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