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J&K may go to polls in October
Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar | February 26, 2008 20:48 IST
Elections to the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir [Images] legislative assembly are likely to be held in October this year.
Elaborate arrangements, including porters, ponies, tents and mobile toilets, have to be made available to pilgrims by the administration and the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, which conducts the Yatra.
"It would not be prudent to hold elections during the month of Ramadan. A majority of the state's population comprises of Muslims, who devote the entire month to prayer and penance," said a senior leader of the ruling Congress-People's Democratic Party alliance.
It must be mentioned that the last assembly elections were held in October 2002 and the new government comprising the present ruling alliance came to power in November 2002.
Beyond October, the conduct of elections will become even more difficult, as winter sets in the Valley by November-end each year.