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Now all the opposition parties are gearing up to face the Election Commission over the demand to hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir. National Conference President Farooq Abdullah is leading them.

Political upheaval in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of elections, opposition parties to face EC

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New Delhi. National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah is leading a 13-member delegation of political parties in National Jammu and Kashmir. This delegation will meet the Election Commission and leaders of opposition parties in Delhi.

The agenda of the meeting of these leaders is to discuss issues related to Jammu and Kashmir. After the breakup of the BJP-PDP alliance in 2018, no elected government has been formed in the state. Several meetings will be held between the state’s general delegation and the opposition leaders. One of these meetings will be held at the Constitutional Club in New Delhi.

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Representatives of National Congress, PDP, Congress, J&K Panthers Party, J&K ANC, CPI(M), Dogra Saba, Shiv Sena and Aam Aadmi Party are participating in the meeting. Dr Abdullah will later lead the delegation to a meeting with the Election Commission of India.

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Sajjad’s one-man conference and Altaf Bukhari’s Apni party are not participating in these meetings.

What is the point after all?

Both of these meetings have taken place a few days after the meeting of all parties was chaired by Dr. Abdullah. After these meetings, the political parties decided to meet the Election Commission for early assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. There is no elected government in Jammu and Kashmir since the breakup of the PDP-BJP alliance.

The central government has tightened its grip on Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, 2019, when the former state was bifurcated into two union territories. At the same time, the central government has put the issue of holding elections in the hands of the Election Commission. Her argument is that legally the Electoral Commission has the right to announce the dates for any election exercise.

The delegation will discuss the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir where the Manoj Sinha-led governor is facing growing public protests over controversial policy decisions. Controversial policy decisions have also united opposition parties.

Growing anger against LG’s decisions

Several decisions of the LG government have caused widespread concern in Jammu and Kashmir. This year began with the government’s anti-invasion campaign. The campaign sparked public outrage and protests in some parts of the union territory. Later the administration was forced to stop this campaign.

The anger sparked by the anti-invasion campaign had not yet subsided after the government launched the policy of imposing property tax in Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu is considered a BJP stronghold, but there was also opposition to this policy and there was a protest against it last week.

Earlier this week, the government was forced to cancel the contract awarded to Mumbai-based Aptech Ltd. This company was awarded the contract to conduct the test to fill the vacant posts of Sub-Inspectors and Junior Engineers.

Several applicants took to the streets demanding the cancellation of the contract awarded to the “corrupt” company. After their strong protests, the administration had to cancel the contract. This company is already blacklisted in many states and union territories including Jammu and Kashmir.

the unity of the opposition parties

These controversial decisions have created unity among the opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir. The Gupkar Alliance, a regional alliance of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, opposes Article 370. Dr Abdullah’s meeting with opposition parties and the electoral commission in the national capital will breathe new life into the moribund political life of Jammu and Kashmir, which has been without an elected government since 2018.

On the one hand, the opposition parties want early parliamentary elections, while the central government shows no commitment due to security concerns. Even though violence in Kashmir is at a minimum at present, but last month a Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead there.

Although Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a record number of tourists last year and the G-20 event is about to be held in Srinagar, the opposition plans to target the central government again for delaying the elections under the guise of security concerns.

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