Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls might be held in October this year, according to sources. Modi government wants to fulfil its promise of holding Assembly elections as soon as delimitation exercise is completed.
A police officer with an important portfolio in the central government informed that the assembly elections might be held in October or even earlier depending on the delimitation exercise. Government has been working on it and they are waiting for the report of delimitation commission. Earlier there were 87 seats in J&K Assembly including four seats of Ladakh. However it will be extended to 90 seats in J&K UT.
The delimitation commission is expected to submit its report in June this year. Jammu currently has 37 seats. Delimitation is expected to increase its number of seats and consequently, its domain of influence in the Assembly. There are chances that the next CM of J&K might be from Jammu. Kashmir has long dominated the politics of the erstwhile state.
Earlier, PM Modi has told the residents of J&K that it “will not remain an union territory for long”.