New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his speech on August 15, said preparations were on to hold assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir with work on the redrawing of constituencies on track.
“The Delimitation Commission has been constituted in Jammu and Kashmir and preparations are on for assembly elections in the future,”PM Modi said.
This will be the first election in J&K since it lost its special status under Article 370 in August 2019 and was bifurcated into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
The Prime Minister said development in the region was now visible on the ground.
The Prime Minister’s comments on elections in Jammu and Kashmir come amid calls by political parties in the region for restoration of statehood. Many parties have also expressed objections to “delimitation only in Jammu and Kashmir” when the process would be taken up in 2026 in other states.
In June, at a meeting with 14 J&K parties, PM Modi reportedly said statehood would be restored “at an appropriate time” but urged the parties to get on board with delimitation or the redrawing of assembly constituencies to enable elections. Elections can happen soon after delimitation, it was said in the meeting, according to reports.
PM Modi reportedly told the parties that the Centre is fully committed to the democratic process in J&K. He stressed that holding assembly elections just like the successful District Development Council elections is a priority.