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Govt ready to hold assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajnath Singh tells Parliament

The home minister also informed the Lok Sabha that there was no other option left with the Governor but to recommend President’s Rule in the state as no party or alliance staked claim to form government.

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New Delhi Updated on: December 28, 2018 16:19 IST
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Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday informed the Lok Sabha that the Central government is ready to hold assembly polls in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

However, he added that the Election Commission has to take the final decision in this regard. 

The minister also informed the House that there was no other option left with the Governor but to recommend President’s Rule in the state as no party or alliance staked claim to form government.

Replying to a discussion on the resolution on a presidential proclamation about imposition of President’s Rule in the state, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also rejected claims of some opposition parties that the BJP was propping up a regional party to form government.

The resolution was adopted by a voice vote.  If the BJP wanted to indulge in horse-trading to form government, then it would have done so during the six-month Governor’s Rule, he said.

The Home Minister said the then Governor N N Vohra had sent a report in June after speaking to leaders of all major parties that none of them had expressed any intention to form a government.

The Central government would take no wrong or immoral action in the state, Singh asserted, saying it is ready for assembly polls but the decision has to be taken by the Election Commission.

“We are totally committed to democratic process,” he said. 

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