J&K ready for fresh elections in 2019: Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the state of Jammu and Kashmir was ready for Assembly elections in 2019 and that the Election Commission should soon take a decision in the matter.

He further refuted all claims by the Opposition parties that the BJP will prop up a regional party to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir.

His statements come in after the Centre on Friday said in the Lok Sabha that the Governor has no other option but to impose the President’s Rule in J&K.

The Home Minister said that the then J&K Governor NN Vohra had sent a report in June 2018, as per which no major political party was ready to form a government.

Asserting that the Centre would make no hasty decision concerning Jammu and Kashmir, he said “We are totally committed to the democratic process,” he said. 

Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had dissolved the PDP rule in June 2018, after which the Governor’s rule was imposed.

The Governor had also dissolved the Legislative Assembly on 21 November 2018, after Mufti, and People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone staked claim to form the government. He reasoned that ‘extensive horse-trading’ would have led to an unstable government.  

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