No ULB, assembly polls in JK; only parliamentary elections in 2024: GoI

Armed forces stand deployed outside polling station in Kashmir. [File Photo]

Srinagar: As political parties prepare for ULB and Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir, armed forces agencies have raised concerns to higher authorities in New Delhi, citing a large conspiracy being hatched across the LoC to target political workers in Kashmir during ULB and Panchayat elections.

A top sources from New Delhi told Kashmir News Service that due to these apprehensions, it would not be possible for the government to proceed with ULB and Panchayat Elections and most likely ULB elections and Panchayat elections will be deferred, even the chances of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir are very bleak, and only Parliamentary elections will be held in JK in 2024.

New Delhi has taken serious note of recent militant attacks in Rajouri, Poonch, and Kokernag.

“Pakistani militants may target innocent Kashmiris during elections, so it was decided that there will be no ULB and Assembly elections in JK until Parliamentary elections are held in 2024,” he told KNS and added, “New Delhi believes human lives are more important than elections.”

“Although there is currently no local support for militants in Kashmir, Pakistani (foreign) militants are conspiring to target innocent people and may attack Kashmiris in large numbers during ULB and Assembly elections,” a top BJP leader quoted a senior intelligence officer as saying in the meeting.

The source said the JK BJP Unit is fully prepared for all types of elections, including ULB, Panchayat, Assembly, and Parliamentary elections, but the security and safety of the people are more important than conducting polls.

However sources said that Chief Election Commissioner B R Sharma and Chief Electoral Officer JK Pandurang K Pole will take a final call on holding the polls in the UT after a thorough consultation with security agencies. (KNS)

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