Jammu & Kashmir

Assembly elections in JK possibly by year-end, Rajnath Singh says

Voters stand in a line to cast their votes in Kulgam district of south Kashmir. [FPK File Photo]

Jammu: The Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh on Friday hinted at holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir ‘by this year-end’.

Addressing a function in Jammu, Singh, who was on a two-day visit to JK, said the delimitation exercise was completed recently.

“Earlier, there were 83 seats in Jammu and Kashmir, where Jammu has 37 and rest in Kashmir after recently concluded delimitation number of seats has increased to 90 with Kashmir having 47 seats and Jammu 43,” the defence minister said.

“By this year-end, there is a possibility that assembly elections can be held in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Singh said that for the last 70 years Jammu and Kashmir remain isolated but not the foundation of a new JK has been laid and it will stand more powerful in the coming days.

Appreciating the government’s initiatives, Singh said that for the first time GoI give due rights to the refugees. He said transit accommodations were constructed for displaced Kashmir pandits.

He further maintained that the Government of India will not allow any other migrations and steps are underway to provide equal opportunities to every citizen of JK.

On GoI’s Angipath recruitment scream, Singh asserted that the Agnipath scheme is a “golden opportunity for the Indian youth to join the Armed Forces and serve their motherland”.

Keeping in mind the future of the youth, Singh stated that the government, on the direction of Modi, has increased the age limit for the recruitment of Agniveers from 21 years to 23 years for the recruitment cycle of 2022.

“The relaxation of age indicates that the Government cares for our youth. Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence and the Services are committed to commencing the recruitment process at the earliest. We invite the youth to join the Armed Forces and serve the Nation through Agnipath,” he said.

Later, Singh attended the 9th Executive Council and 4th General Body meeting of Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports (JIM&WS) in Pahalgam.


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