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Jammu and Kashmir elections to be held before May, says CEC O P Rawat

The state Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the assembly on Wednesday evening

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat

The Thursday said that fresh elections in would be held within the next six months even as it did not rule out the possibility of holding polls there before the due next year.

"The assembly polls must be held on the first occasion before May ... it could be held before parliamentary elections also," Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said.

He said according to the Supreme Court, the outer limit for holding fresh polls after the dissolution of a house is six months, that is May, 2019.

At the same time, he made it clear that the Commission will decide on poll dates after "considering all aspects."

He said, SC verdict, an outcome of Presidential reference, also said polls will have to be held on the first occasion which means even before six months.

He said the same principle was applied in Telangana where the assembly was dissolved prematurely.

The state Governor dissolved the assembly on Wednesday evening, after People's Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti staked claim to form government along with her arch-rival Omar Abdullah's Conference (NC) and the Congress.They claimed the support of 56 lawmakers in the 87-member state assembly.

Shortly after, People's Conference leader Sajad Lone also staked claims to form the government. Lone, who has two lawmakers, said he had the support of the BJP's 25 legislators and "more than 18" others.

First Published: Thu, November 22 2018. 21:40 IST