"We want that elections should be held in J-K in November this year. It should be held after the return of Gujjars and Bakerwals back to the plains from the upper reaches of the state. It is the period of November," state BJP general secretary Ashok Koul told reporters here.
He said the party does not favour immediate elections in the state.
Though, the party is not in favour of any delays in the polls, but at the same time, it doesn't want that a huge population of nomads are deprived of their right to vote, Koul said.
Koul said over 30 lakh Gujjars and Bakerwals are in the migration phase these days.
"We can't deprive them of their rights. So, once they return back from grazing their livestock on hills, assembly polls can be held," he said.
Union minister Jitendra Singh on Monday last had said the BJP is ready for assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir but a final decision on the matter needs to be taken by the Election Commission after considering security-related concerns.
Replying to questions on the security situation in Kashmir, Koul claimed that only three of the 10 districts of Kashmir are trouble-torn.
"The security situation in rest of the districts has bettered and the Centre is dealing with the situation to bring peace and normalcy in these three trouble-torn districts," the BJP leader said.
On the withdrawal of his security, the BJP leader said he surrendered his security to protest the "wrong information provided by the police to the governor".
"I wrote to the governor to clarify to him about the security of late Mir.The governor has assured that security will be provided to all those political activists after proper verification by the police, Koul said.
On opposition parties accusing the BJP of polarising voters and threatening minorities, he said the Congress is polarising voters in the country and it did it recently in Jammu and Kashmir parliamentary polls.
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