BJP demands elections in J

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New Delhi, Oct 14(UNI) Decrying non-inclusion of Jammu and Kashmir in the election schedule announced by the Election Commission for five states today, the BJP warned that any delay in holding election in J&K would not be in national interest and send a 'very wrong signal' the world over.

"Holding elections is part of a democracy. These are not held at the whims of a political party or a section. Delay in elections will only embolden the separatist elements," BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitley told newspersons.

Welcoming the election schedule for Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan,Delhi and Mizoram, he said the BJP would urge the Election Commission to also hold elections in J&K alongwith these states.

Justifying the party's demand for elections in J&K, Mr Jaitley said the 2002 assembly election in the state had proved that the Government was capable of holding the polls despite terrorism and extremist activities. The effect of such elements was localised only in and around Srinagar. Elsewhere the secessionist elements hardly held sway, he said, adding that even the foreign observers had certified the 2002 polls as "fair".

The Hurriyat had boycotted the polls at that time also and their threat should not be given much credence to postpone them.

Similarly, the non-availability of security forces should not force the government not to hold the elections, he said.

For a healthy democracy it was necessary that elections in the country were held on time, he added.

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