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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: All you need to know about Jammu and Kashmir

Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent
Mar 10, 2019 09:02 PM IST

The governor dissolved the 87-member state assembly on November 21 last year after the Peoples Democratic Party, supported by the Congress and arch-rivals National Conference, tried to stake claim to form the government.

The Lok Sabha elections will be held in 7 phases starting April 11. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

A security person stands guard as voters wait in a queue to cast their votes at a border village in Suchetgarh, about 35 km from Jammu.(HT File)
A security person stands guard as voters wait in a queue to cast their votes at a border village in Suchetgarh, about 35 km from Jammu.(HT File)

Jammu and Kashmir has been under President’s rule since December last year and elections in the restive state have not been held for long now.

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Governor’s rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on June 19, 2018, after the state plunged into a political crisis when the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP coalition government was reduced to a minority as the 25-member BJP in the state withdrew its support.

The governor dissolved the 87-member state assembly on November 21 last year after the Peoples Democratic Party, supported by the Congress and arch-rivals National Conference, tried to stake claim to form the government.

When the governor’s rule expired on December 19, 2018, President’s rule was imposed in the state as under the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, there is no provision for extension of governor’s rule.

Date of voting: April 11, 18, 23, 29, May 6

Date of counting: May 23

Ruling party/coalition in the state: Presidential rule

Number of Lok Sabha seats in the state: Six

Party wise break-up of Lok Sabha seats: PDP 1, BJP 2, NC 1, Ladakh BJP MP resigned. Ladakh MP Thupsan Chewang resigned from his seat citing personnel reason however, BJP leaders said that he was demanding Union territory status for Ladakh.

Anantnag seat is also vacant. It got vacant after PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti resigned and took oath as the chief minister in 2016. She contested the assembly elections and due to violence the polls couldn’t be held there in 2016 and seat remains vacant till date.

Number of voters in the state: 78,50,671

Number of assembly seats: 87

Party wise break-up of assembly seats: PDP-28, BJP-25, NC-15, Congress-12, People’s Conference-2

Key leaders across parties: Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah (NC), Mehbooba Mufti (PDP), Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress ) Sajjad Lone (People’s Conference), Jitendra Singh (BJP)

Key issues: Article 35A, restoration of autonomy self-rule, rights to west Pakistan Refugees, the return of power projects.

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