Assembly polls in J&K will be held by year-end: Shah

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New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday promised in the Lok Sabha that Assembly elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir by this year end even as moved a resolution for extension of President’s Rule in the state.

He also moved also a bill that seeks to bring persons residing in the areas adjoining International Border within the ambit of reservation, at par with resident near the Line of Control.

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The resolution and Bill were moved together after the House decided to take them together.

Moving the resolution, Shah said that preparations are underway to hold Assembly elections in the state by the end of this year.

“In the view of Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, preparations are underway to hold Assembly elections by the end of this year,” Shah informed the House.

Shah, who was on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, spoke of the security situation in the state.

“We are monitoring the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Construction of bunkers in border areas will be done within the time limit set by the previous home minister Rajnath Singh Ji. Life of every individual is important to us,” he said.

The Home Minister remarked that terror-related incidents saw a decline during President’s rule while stressing that the government will continue to maintain a zero-tolerance policy against the menace in the state.

Talking about the successful conduct of Panchayat elections, Shah said, “Panchayat elections were not conducted in Jammu and Kashmir for many years.

But in the last one year, our government held elections in more than 4,000 panchayats. Now, over 40,000 panch and sarpanch are serving for the people.”