Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Friday, said there is a strong possibility of the electoral process commencing in Jammu and Kashmir by the end of this year.
Rajnath Singh was speaking here at a function to commemorate 200 years of the coronation of the first Dogra ruler Gulab Singh.
He said, “Recently, the delimitation exercise concluded in J&K. Now, Jammu will have 43 seats and Kashmir will have 47 seats in the 90-member Vidhan Sabha. There’s a strong possibility that the electoral process will commence by the end of this year in J&K.”
He said the Modi Government, on 5 August 2019, abrogated Article 370 which was a source of encouraging separatism in J&K. Certain elements were trying to create hatred among communities.
He said that the recent targeted killings in Kashmir were part of Pakistan’s conspiracy. Pakistan is sowing the seeds of hatred in J&K.
“There’s a foreign conspiracy in recent targeted killings in J&K, we need to foil such attempts,” he said.
Referring to the fear among minorities due to targeted killings in the valley, the minister said, “We won’t let forceful migration happen of any person from any religion or sect.”
He said Pakistan has been making unsuccessful attempts to grab Kashmir ever since the partition of the country in 1947 when it sent armed raiders to capture J&K. A large number of innocent people were massacred by them in the hinterland of Jammu and Kashmir valley. Continuing its nefarious designs, Pakistan was now using terrorists for targeted killings.
A big part of Jammu and Kashmir continues to be under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. Gilgit-Baltistan is also part of J&K but under the occupation of Pakistan.
Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, and senior parliamentarian Dr. Karan Singh were among those present at the function.