May 25, 2024

Assembly polls in J&K will be held before Sept: LG

Lieutenant Governor Manoj
Sinha today said Assembly
elections in Jammu and
Kashmir will be held before
September but clarified that
conduct of polls is the
domain of the Election
Commission of India. He
ruled out contesting upcoming
Parliamentary polls
from Ghazipur in Uttar
Pradesh saying he is
presently focused on
Jammu and Kashmir.

In an interview with TV9
Network, Sinha said Lok
Sabha polls are being held in
Jammu and Kashmir with rest
of the country and full
Election Commission is visiting
the UT on March 12.
To a pointed question by
the TV anchor on Assembly
elections, he said the
Assembly polls in Jammu and
Kashmir will be held before
September while Statehood
will be restored at an appropriate
time. However, he clarified
that conduct of
Assembly polls is the task of
the Election Commission and whenever they take a call the
Government will be ready for the
Responding to a question on
Ghazipur Lok Sabha seat which he
won in 2014, the Lieutenant
Governor said he is in constant
touch with Ghazipur as this is his
birthplace but important task
before him at present is to work
honestly in Jammu and Kashmir
with the blessings of Mata Vaishno
Devi Ji and Baba Amarnath Ji.
On some politicians calling
for talks with Pakistan, Sinha
said the policy of Government
of India and Jammu and
Kashmir administration is
very clear that till Pakistan
mends its way, there will be no
talks with the neighbouring
“We will talk to the people
of Jammu and Kashmir and
youth,” he said. When asked if
Pakistan doesn’t behave in
future also, he added that there
will be no talks till then.
Reiterating that there are no
political detainees in Jammu and
Kashmir, the Lieutenant
Governor, however said, those
who challenge unity and integrity
of the country, they will continue
to face music. There is
complete freedom for political
activities which you can see
from the kind of statements and
speeches being delivered by the
political leaders, he added.
“We are not only targeting
terrorism but entire ecosystem of
terror. Some incidents (of targeted
killings) took place in which
we have taken action. Jammu
and Kashmir will be shortly free
from targeted killings also,” he
said, adding he can say with full
responsibility that the targeted
killings were executed at the
behest of Pakistan.
Referring to infiltration
attempts by the terrorists, Sinha
said the terrorists sometimes try
to take advantage of ceasefire.
“Earlier their focus was in
Kashmir but later they tried in
Rajouri and Poonch also. Now
360 degrees security arrangements
are being made by Army,
paramilitary forces and police
and situation will be controlled
in the border districts”.
Asserting that there has been
75 percent decline in violence,
civilian and security personnel’s
killings in Jammu and Kashmir,
he said deployment of security
forces has considerably come
down in the Valley as compared to
“Earlier, the people used to
rush to their houses in the
evening in the Valley but now
they enjoy night life. Stone pelting
has become history. Srinagar
has better markets than Delhi. A
youth completed his three years
degree in seven years due to hartals
but his sister has now finished
the degree in three years as
schools and colleges are functioning
properly. There are no
bandh calendars issued by
Pakistan but the UT
Government issues festival calendars,”
the Lieutenant
Governor said.
He said the UT Government
has received industrial development
proposals worth Rs 90,000
crore and Rs 15,000 crore worth
projects are on ground while the
rest will also be a reality shortly.
“Jammu and Kashmir has
become No. 1 in the country in
eServices,” he said.
He also referred to grant of
ST status to Paharis and other
tribes without diluting the quota
of Gujjars and Bakerwals, reservation
to OBCs in jobs, educational
institutions, Panchayats
and Municipalities, Forest
Rights Act to Gujjars and
Bakerwals, Gadi, Sippi and
Sinna, citizenship rights to West
Pakistan refugees and many
other steps taken by Narendra
Modi Government for social
empowerment of the people.

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