On Friday, October 13, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, stated that he had never made a statement claiming that 80 percent of the people in the region do not want elections and that he had just learned of such assertions from a media story. The statement was made in Jammu.
In answer to a question from a reporter in Jammu, the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir (LG) explained that he had never personally made any comment implying that 80 percent of the population in the region does not want elections, noting that he became aware of this assertion. He further stated that he became aware of this claim.
through a report in the media, as the National Conference (NC) had previously credited him with making this statement.
He stated, “I have actively participated in elections in the past, and I intend to continue doing so in the future,” when asked about his involvement in the electoral process.
Omar Abdullah, current Vice President of the National Conference and a former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, stated on September 28 that every political party and individual wanted elections in J&K.
He stated that the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir is the only person who disagrees with this viewpoint and that he is against holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been without a democratically elected administration for the past five years, which has led to harsh criticism from the mainstream National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) regarding the protracted delay in re-establishing democracy in J&K.