Govt ready for polls in J&K along with general elections: Rajnath

New Delhi, Jan 3: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said the government is willing to hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir along with General Elections which are slated to be held by May.

        Jammu and Kashmir was last month placed under President’s rule, six months after the BJP pulled out of Mehbooba Mufti- led government and the state was put under Governor’s rule.

        “If Election Commission wants (to hold elections in state along with general elections), our government will have no objection,” Singh said replying to a debate on proclamation of imposition of Central rule in the state.

        He said there would be no obstruction from the Centre for holding elections in the state.

        “We are willing to provide whatever security force Election Commission wants for holding elections there” he said.

        After 1996, this is the first time the Central rule has been imposed in the militancy-hit state.

        Rejecting opposition criticism that BJP’s “unnatural” alliance with PDP had alleniated population, he reeled out statistics to drive home the development without appeasement agenda of his party.

        He also asserted that there was no conspiracy not to allow any other party to form the government,” he said in response to opposition charge that the Governor did not allow National Congress, PDP and Congress to form an alternate government.

        Governor’s rule was imposed in June last year after the leaders of all political parties in the state stated that they were not in a position to form the government, he said.

        In his report to the Centre, the Governor clearly stated that there was no initiative by political parties to form an alternate government, The Home Minister said.

        Singh said the government supported an all party delegation holding talks with separatist Hurriyat but their doors were shut.

        He reeled out statistics on employment of locals in security forces to counter opposition charge that unemployement was creating unrest in the Valley.

        While Muslims not just in Jammu and Kashmir but all over the country whose number were more than those in Pakis tan had decided to stay with India and not migrate at the time of partition, politics of appeasement has created a crisis, he said.

        Earlier, Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad attacked the BJP for “destablising” the government in the state. He alleged that the BJP tried to split Congress, NC and PDP in the state to form its own government.

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