The Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature known as the lower house of the state consisting of 87 members was dissolved on 21st November 2018 after BJP withdrew support from the ruling PDP government. On 10th March 2019, when the Chief Election Commissioner announced dates for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections for the entire country, dates for J&K Assembly elections were amiss.
J&K to Miss Assembly Elections? It was declared that the state will undergo Parliamentary elections for now as per the recommendations of the Union Home Ministry and State government. The State government had intimated that there were security threats for candidates after the recent Pulwama terror attack that claimed lives of over 40 soldiers. The dates for the Legislative Assembly shall be decided based on the report by a 3 member special committee to oversee the state’s security status.
Present Scenario. A party needs 44 seat to make a majority government out of the 87 state constituencies. In the last elections, no single party could manage a majority as People’s Democratic Party (JKPDP) under Mehbooba Mufti got 28 seats, BJP won in 25 constituencies, J&K National Conference won 15 seats, while INC could get only 12 seats. The balance seats were distributed among People’s Conference (JKPC) and People’s Democratic Front (JKPDF).
J&K is under the President’s rule since November 2018 after