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Lethpora Fidayeen attack likely to cast a shadow on holding of parliamentary, assembly polls in Kashmir
2/21/2019 10:44:18 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Feb 21: The Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Fidayeen attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy at Lethpora in South Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14 has cast a shadow on the holding of assembly elections in the state.
Early Times has learnt from sources that the Fidayeen attack has put a question mark on the overall security scenario in the Kashmir valley with fingers being raised over the holding of assembly polls in the coming months. They said that given this fact there are chances that the assembly elections may not be held in the near future in the state.
"Over the past two and half years the situation has been volatile in the Kashmir valley with encounters as well as killings becoming a regular feature in the South Kashmir. In this grim scenario the people entrusted with the responsibility of holding polls are somewhat apprehensive about the electoral exercise," said sources.
Sources said that in the recent past Election Commission of India (ECI) had expressed apprehensions over the simultaneous holding of Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir. They said the Lethpora Fidayeen attack had created more doubts among the security agencies and there are chances that assembly polls may not be held in near future.
"As on date the ECI is not convinced to hold the assembly polls in Jammu & Kashmir along with the parliamentary polls. The Commission is not ready to take any chance with regard to holding of assembly polls in the state. There are maximum chances that the holding of assembly polls would be deferred for the time being," said sources.
Sources said that Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also expressed apprehensions with regards to the security set up associated with the election process. They said that the Ministry officials are not ready to take any chance in this regard more so after the last week's Fidayeen attack.
"After the recent attack there are chances that the ECI might have a rethink on the holding of Lok Sabha elections at least in Kashmir as well. The same may be deferred for the time being and the same may be held in the future as and when the situation is somewhat better. Holding of assembly polls is no more than a headache for the people at helm and more so for ECI and MHA," said sources.
It would be in place to mention here that a media report had quoted that ECI might give its feedback and say that that the parliamentary polls are deferred in Kashmir in the wake of Lethpora Fidayeen attack. The situation is likely to become clear in the next few days more so when the Model Code of Conduct would come into force in the country in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
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