Jammu and Kashmir Assembly election is likely to be held later this year, the Election Commission said last evening. The poll schedule will be announced after the culmination of Amarnath Yatra, which begins in July.
The poll panel said that said it was unanimously decided that the “Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir shall be considered later in this year.” The EC added that it will keep monitoring the situation in the state regularly and on a real-time basis, taking inputs from all necessary quarters.
The 46-day-long Amarnath Yatra is scheduled to begin in the first week of July 1 from both the Baltal and Pahalgam routes in the state. The yatra usually runs from July 1, the day of Masik Shivratri to August 15, the day of Shravan Purnima. Over 1.10 lakh devotees have registered for the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine this time.