Rajnath Singh Says Assembly Polls at J&K Possible by Year End | India News



JAMMU: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that assembly elections could be held in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir by the end of this year. Rajnath is on a two day visit to J&K and arrived in Jammu on Friday.
Addressing an event to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Maharaja Gulab Singh’s coronation, the defense minister said the demarcation exercise was over and the number of seats had now risen to 90 in J&K, with Kashmir having 47 seats and Jammu 43. “By the end of the year, it is possible to hold parliamentary elections in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Blaming Pakistan for encouraging terrorism in J&K, Rajnath said, “Recently, attempts have been made again to stir up hatred in J&K. There is an important role of our neighboring country in sowing the seeds of hatred here (sic). »
“From the 1947 bombings to recent targeted assassinations, there is a foreign conspiracy behind it all. We will not allow forced migration of any community in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
He also targeted Pakistan for its illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and said it was never incorporated into the Pakistani Constitution unlike India where the whole of Jammu and Kashmir is part of the country.
“In 1947 when India was divided, much of the region was illegally captured before the accession of Jammu and Kashmir. Even today Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan is under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. The areas that Maharaja Gulab Singh had added to Jammu and Kashmir are claimed by Pakistan as theirs,” he said.


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