Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Get news updates:
Mobile Downloads
Text 67333

Home > India > News > PTI

   Discuss   |      Email   |      Print   |   Get latest news on your desktop

EC reviews security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir

October 10, 2008 19:40 IST

The Election Commission on Friday reviewed the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir [Images] with Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, fuelling speculation that the assembly polls in the state would be held on time.

The three-member Commission, led by Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami, is understood to have discussed the security requirements and other logistics with Gupta to ensure free and fair polls in the state.

The meeting assumed significance as the Commission returned from the state after a two-day visit on October seven and eight when it met various political parties and senior civil and police officials of the state government to review the poll preparations.

During the discussions the EC had with political parties in Srinagar [Images], Kashmir-based parties said they would abide by the decision of the Commission though they claimed that the current atmosphere was not conducive for the elections.

The BJP and the Left, however, wanted immediate elections while Congress left it to EC to take a call.

The term of the assembly, which was dissolved following the breakup of the Congress-PDP coalition in the wake of the Amarnath land transfer row, ends on November 20.

© Copyright 2008 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
   Email   |      Print   |   Get latest news on your desktop